This course will investigate the history and theory surrounding the creation and ratification of the American Constitution. Attention will focus on the work of Madison, Hamilton, and other leading thinkers at the time of the founding. Areas of study will include the Constitutional Convention, the ratification process, and the activities of anti-federalist critics of the Constitution. Readings will be drawn from both original and secondary materials, with special emphasis placed on The Federalist Papers. Student responsibilities will include regular attendance at, thoughtful preparation for and active participation in class sessions. The major determinant of the student's grade will be work done in connection with a written project concerning the founding period, to be approved by the professor and presented to the class in the final weeks of the semester. The paper will be designed to satisfy the law school’s writing requirement.