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Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

The focus of this seminar is the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the goal of racial equality. The Fourteenth Amendment encompasses critical principles of equality, liberty, justice and dignity under doctrines of equal protection and fundamental rights (including nearly all of the Bill of Rights and substantive due process rights).  The seminar will explore the history, interpretation, and modern context of application of the amendment to secure its primary purpose, equality on the basis of race.  One case of particular focus will be Brown v. Board of Education. While we will focus on race, we will also be exploring the meaning and application of the broad scope of the Fourteenth Amendment as the embodiment of core civil rights and civil liberties.  As part of the seminar you will identify a topic for an in-depth seminar paper that can focus either on racial equality or any other topic within 14th Amendment jurisprudence. This seminar provides an opportunity to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.