This course will investigate the history and theory surrounding the creation and ratification of the American Constitution, as well overarching themes and principles that have guided the development of constitutional law over time. Attention will focus in part on the work of Madison, Hamilton, and other leading thinkers at the time of the founding. Areas of study also will include various thematic approaches brought to bear by the Supreme Court as it decides constitutional cases. 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 on a topic approved by the professor and an oral presentation on that topic made to the class. Written work for the course will be designed to satisfy the Law School’s capstone writing requirement. Previous, or at least concurrent, enrollment in Constitutional Law II is recommended for students in this course.