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LAW 200 W — Constitutional Law

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 21—Aug 27
Refund Deadline: Jun 24
Units: 2
Tuition: $580
Instructor(s): Cody S. Harris
Limit: 45
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jun 21—Aug 27
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 24
2 Units
Cody S. Harris
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course explores our nation’s founding charter and the seminal cases interpreting it. Using Supreme Court opinions as our guide, we will focus on the Constitution’s basic structure and design, investigating the principles of judicial review, federalism, and separation of powers.

We will begin with a brief primer on the Supreme Court and the US legal system, and then move to Chief Justice John Marshall’s foundational opinion in Marbury v. Madison, as we discuss the Supreme Court’s role in reviewing legislative enactments. Next, we will explore the ebb and flow of the Commerce Clause and other aspects of legislative power. We will then discuss the executive branch’s role in foreign affairs and recent controversies surrounding sanctuary jurisdictions and impeachment.

Finally, we will unravel the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, wading into some of the Court’s more controversial pronouncements on race and gender discrimination, abortion rights, and marriage equality. With the Supreme Court (and the nation) undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, there is no better time to study the United States Constitution.

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Cody S. Harris clerked for Judge David S. Tatel on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and served as a deputy district attorney in Santa Clara County. He received a JD from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.