Constitutional Law

Credit Hours:
3
Instructor(s):

Dean William C. Koch, Jr.

Requirements:
Second Year

This course provides an introduction to the United States Constitution and the processes and principles of constitutional adjudication. It focuses on the language of the Constitution and the decisions of the United States Supreme Court interpreting and applying this language. Emphasis will be given to (a) the origin, scope, and limitations of the power of judicial review in constitutional cases, (b) the allocation of powers and responsibilities among the three branches of the federal government, (c) the distribution of power between the federal government and the states, and (d) the protection of fundamental textual and non-textual individual rights and liberties, including those embodied in the Bill of Rights, the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment [both procedural and substantive], the Equal Protection Clause, and the First Amendment.