Constitutional Law II: Poverty

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 31/26
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • F
  • 0920-1120
  • WB104
01/27/2023 04/28/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course will explore the Supreme Court’s flirtation with constitutional protection against poverty during the 1960s and 1970s. We will read cases in which the Court considered different doctrinal approaches to protecting against poverty, including wealth as a suspect classification, fundamental rights equal protection, procedural due process, and the right to travel. We will also read both contemporaneous and contemporary law review articles arguing for and against various kinds of constitutional protections against poverty. We will place the Court’s poverty-related doctrines in the context of other types of constitutional protection, including against discrimination on the basis of race and gender. Finally, we will discuss the demise of the Court’s protections against poverty.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A 10-12 page paper is required to be submitted via EXPO (details and deadlines to be announced). Students will not be authorized to augment this paper into one satisfying the upper-level writing requirement.

Other Work
Students are expected to participate in weekly class discussions, and will be responsible for suggesting discussion questions for two class sessions over the course of the semester.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course is cross-listed with the History Dept. The enrollment capacity for this course reflects the number of seats reserved for the LAW class.

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: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: HIUS 6240 (class no. 19468)
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM