Tennessee Constitutional Law

Credit Hours:

Dean William C. Koch, Jr.


This course provides students with a detailed understanding of the Tennessee Constitution. It examines overarching principles of constitutional law, including federalism, separation of powers and adequate and independent state law grounds. The course emphasizes key provisions of Article I of the Tennessee Constitution – the Declaration of Rights, including provisions related to freedom of religion, freedom of expression, the right to privacy, and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. The course compares and contrasts protections for individual liberty in the Declaration of Rights to those found in the U.S. Constitution.