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L799 Seminar in Constitutional Law: Law and Religion

Description This seminar will focus on the interaction of law and religion. The First Amendment's religion clauses, i.e., the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, of course are important to this inquiry, but they will not dominate the seminar. Instead, the seminar will assume a basic understanding of these First Amendment provisions, as interpreted and applied by the United States Supreme Court. The prior completion of Constitutional Law II (in a version that included coverage of the religion clauses) will provide students with the necessary background; students who have not completed that course will be expected to do sufficient background reading on their own. We will examine selected materials as a class. At the outset, we will devote some attention to the First Amendment, but from a critical as opposed to a descriptive perspective. Thereafter, we will consider some or all of the following three topics: the role of religion in politics; the role of religion in the practice of law; and the comparative analysis of legal doctrines and analogous religious doctrines. In addition, each student will be expected to complete a research paper and to make an oral presentation concerning the topic that he or she has researched. Grades will be based on the papers, the oral presentations, and class participation generally. Successful completion of this seminar will satisfy the law school's "advanced research & writing" requirement

Note This course may offer writing credit.

Faculty D. Conkle

Fall 2011 - 2012Seminar in Constitutional Law: Law and ReligionConkle, D.
Fall 2010 - 2011Seminar in Constitutional Law: Law and ReligionConkle, D.