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First Amendment (Spring 2018)

  • Course Number: LAW-870
  • Class Number: 03640
  • Instructor: Susan Seager

Course Description

A survey course of the First Amendment protections for freedom of speech and the press, the right to petition and assemble, and the religion clauses.

Each student is expected to participate in at least one in-class exercise during the semester.  Class exercises will take place in every class except the first. Students will play the roles of attorneys and justices arguing, debating and/or discussing one case or controversy. Students who give an outstanding performance in an in-class exercise will receive up to a two-position boost to their final grade  For example, a student who receives a grade of “B” on the final examination may receive a “B+” or an “A-” as their final course grade. Students who do not participate or who are unprepared 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 or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 9:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 101
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Points will be awarded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 30 students