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U.S. Constitutional Theory

This course will explore several foundational topics in U.S. constitutional theory. Those topics include the nature and limits of constitutional reasoning, theories of constitutional interpretation, the role of non-judicial actors in determining constitutional meaning, the politics of constitutional adjudication, and mechanisms of constitutional change. Readings will include a number of the classics in constitutional theory, as well as more recent work in the field. We will also hold a number of additional sessions during lunchtime or evenings in which students engage the work of colloquium speakers whom we invite to the Law School.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.


Neil S. Siegel, Ernest A. Young
U.S. Constitutional Theory 558.01
Fall 2009
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