About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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- BUSINESS LAW
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- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
First Amendment (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-871
- Class Number: 03640
- Instructor: Michael H. Shapiro
The First Amendment is the sole topic—primarily the speech clauses. Other constitutional texts will be reviewed when relevant. Freedom of speech, press and assembly cover advocacy; political speech; artistic expression; conduct designated as speech; and standard and variant modes of communication generally. The religion clauses (reviewed in other courses and seminars) will not be considered extensively, but some leading cases that illuminate speech issues will be covered. Free speech adjudication has been extensive over the last sixty years, and we won’t be able to address all of its important areas. The emphasis will be on the structure and formulation of constitutional arguments and doctrines, their interconnections, and their underlying foundations.
- Unit Value: 4
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: M/W 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm
- Room Number: Room 103
- Exam: In-class, closed-book exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills Requirement: no
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