Only international LL.M. students may enroll in this course. It is a special LLM survey course, which will expose students to the structure and basic ideas of the most important areas of US constitutional law, in historical and political context. The course considers a selection of fundamental cases in Constitutional law, the questions they raise, and the modes of thought and criticism appropriate to this field. Major questions include: What is the justification for judicial review? What are appropriate occasions and standards for the exercise of this power? How has the power been used throughout our history? These questions are considered in the context of doctrinal fields chosen for variety of issues and to allow consideration of historical development over the full life of the Constitution. These fields usually include: the scope of federal powers; powers of the President; relations between branches of the federal government; basic principles of equal protection and due process; and Congressional enforcement power under the Reconstruction Amendments.
For details on class times, days of the week, instructors, and grading and exam details, please view the Michigan Law Class Schedule.