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First Amendment (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-871
  • Class Number: 03640
  • Instructor: Jean-Paul Jassy

Course Description

A survey course on the First Amendment, with particular attention to freedom of speech, and also covering freedom of the press, the right to petition and assemble, and the religion clauses (i.e., the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses).

In-class exercises will be held on a weekly basis beginning in the second week.  Each student is expected to participate in at least one in-class exercise during the semester.  Class exercises generally consist of students playing the roles of attorneys and/or justices arguing, debating and/or discussing important cases or controversies.  Students who exhibit an outstanding performance in an in-class exercise will receive up to a two position boost to their final grade in the course.  For example, a student who receives a grade of “B” on the final examination may receive a “B+”, or up to an “A-”, as the final grade for the course due to an outstanding performance in the in-class exercise.  Students who do not participate or who do not exhibit that they are prepared for their in-class exercise may receive as much as a two position drop to their final grade in the course.  For example, a student who receives a “B” on the final examination may receive a “B-” or a “C+” due to a sub-par performance, or failure to participate, in the in-class exercise.  A student may perform more than one in-class exercise, but only after every other student in the class has participated in an in-class exercise. 

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical Only
  • Schedule: T 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 7
  • Exam: Final exam, likely to be an in-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required