Constitutional Law Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • Law and Religion , JURI: 4833 , Credit Hours: 3
    The bulk of this course will focus on the history and judicial construction of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. The course will also include a section exploring how several religious traditions approach the relationship between religion and law.

  • Media Law , JURI: 5576 , Credit Hours: 3
    Examines a variety of legal issues affecting the news media. After an introductory examination of traditional constitutional issues arising out of the First Amendment and a philosophical look at the justifications for free speech protection, the course explores how these traditional principles are balanced against competing interests not only in constitutional law but also in common law and statutory regulations. Issues dealt with include prior restraint, defamation, privacy, access to court proceedings, access to government meetings and documents, the reporter’s privilege, and intellectual property issues affecting the press. In addition this course addresses issues specific to electronic media, although it focuses on the communicative, as opposed to the administrative or regulatory aspects of this emerging area of law.

  • Modern Constitutional History , JURI: 2105 , Credit Hours: 3
    This course will examine the role of the law and lawyers in American history from Reconstruction until the end of the 20th century.  We will examine the Civil War Amendments and federalism, laissez-faire formalism and economic regulation, the growth of legal liberalism, and the conservative reaction.  Our primary purpose is to better understand the role lawyers have played in shaping social, political, and economic change.   The class will use a combination of teaching methods.  Approximately 80% of our class time will be lecture.  The other 20% will be organized as a seminar, emphasizing intensive reading, discussion, and critique of texts.  Consequently, a primary requirement of this course is a careful reading of the assigned texts and a willingness to participate actively in class discussions.

  • Prosecution I , JURI: 5150S , Credit Hours: 2
    This course teaches how the 4th and 5th Amendments guide and limit law enforcement officers when they search or seize citizens and when they conduct pre-arrest interviews or post-arrest (custodial) interrogations. Students will also learn practical skills including how to conduct a motion to suppress hearing and a Jackson-Denno hearing.

  • Prosecution II , JURI: 5160S, 5161L , Credit Hours: 3 - 6
    Fall Semester. This course teaches the procedural steps involved in the prosecution of a criminal case following a suspect’s arrest.  Students will learn how to evaluate cases and how to wisely exercise “prosecutorial discretion.” Students will also learn practical skills including how to conduct preliminary hearings, grand jury proceedings, and arraignments.

  • Prosecution III , JURI: 5165S, 5166S , Credit Hours: 3 - 6
    Spring Semester. This course teaches the procedural steps involved in the prosecution of a criminal case following a defendant’s not-guilty plea.  Students will learn about jury trials and jury selection. Students will also learn about the search warrant requirement and its “well-recognized exceptions,” identification of suspects, Confrontation Clause, and Right to Counsel.

  • State and Local Government , JURI: 4900 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course explores common principles of state and local government with a strategic focus on key aspects of Georgia law.  The course will combine practical advice with some theory.  Issues addressed include organizational structures of local governments, authority granted to them by the U.S. and Georgia Constitution, and various ways they exercise (or attempt to exercise) their power.  The class may explore these concepts generally and in the context of specific subject areas including but not limited to annexation, home rule, immunity, incorporation, intergovernmental agreements, employment, service delivery strategies, regulatory authority, taxation, and zoning.  This course will introduce students to varied forms of writing and research associated with a professional practice in this area and reflect on professional roles and responsibilities.

  • State Constitutional Law (Spring 2020) , JURI: 4581 , Credit Hours: 1
    This course will consider the role of state constitutions in the development of U.S. constitutional law. Particular attention will be paid to Judge Sutton’s book, 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law. Justices Blackwell, Nahmias, Peterson and Warren of the Georgia Supreme Court will lead sessions focused on the Georgia Constitution. Students will write short papers and make presentations based on their research. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

  • The Federalist Papers , JURI: 4573 , Credit Hours: 2
    This course focuses on the framing and ratification of the United States Constitution and the role of The Federalist Papers in that process. This class will NOT satisfy the writing requirement.

  • The Press and the Constitution Seminar , JURI: 4197 , Credit Hours: 2
    This seminar will take an in-depth look at the constitutional rights of the "press." Our primary focus will be on the proper interpretation of the First Amendment's guarantee that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press." Topics of discussion will include the history of the Press Clause, the relationship between the Speech Clause and the Press Clause, the definition of the "press" under the Constitution, and the various rights and protections available to the press. Course requirements will include class participation, a presentation, and the completion of a research paper.

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