State Constitutions (SC)

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1830-2030
  • SL298
08/25/2021 12/01/2021

Course Description

The United States Constitution is, by design, an incomplete document. It assumes the existence of state constitutions. Those charters, beginning in 1776, preceded the Federal Constitution. Through the years, they have been revised and amended in ways that make them road maps to the history, politics, and mentalities of individual states. They also reflect the great eras of American history, such as the age of Jacksonian politics, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the rise of the administrative state. While state constitutions are, of course, bound by the strictures of the Federal Constitution, state constitutions and state courts frequently articulate constitutional rights beyond those based in federal constitutional law (for example, in cases challenging partisan gerrymandering). The world of state constitutions is, in short, a universe whose study adds depth and texture to our understanding of American constitutionalism. This course will examine state constitutions from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a brief essay (via EXPO) by noon on Dec. 1.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: While this course has been scheduled for all 13-weeks of the semester, it will meet on only 6 of the scheduled dates.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Constitutional Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 23, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 03, 11:59 PM