Constitutional Law II: Poverty

Section 1SP, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 25/25
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore the Supreme Court’s flirtation with constitutional protection for poor people during the 1960s and 1970s. We will read cases in which the Court considered different doctrinal approaches to protecting poor people: wealth as a suspect classification, fundamental rights equal protection, procedural due process, and the right to travel. We will also read law review articles from the period arguing for various kinds of constitutional protections for the poor. We will place the Court’s efforts in the context of the civil rights movement and ongoing concerns about race. Finally, we will discuss the subsequent demise of such protections, the reasons for it, and the recent developments in constitutional interest in poverty, income inequality, and their relationship to racial inequality.

Course Requirements

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

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


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: A 10-12 page research paper is required (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 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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: HIUS 6240
Public Syllabus Link: None
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