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Hugh D Spitzer
LAW A 581
Seattle Campus

Washington Constitutional Law Seminar

Studies the history, structure, content, and role of state constitutions generally, and the development of Washington's constitution in particular. Examines the important distinctions between the federal constitution and state document, and the interplay between them. Covers state declarations of rights and the substantive sections of state constitutions that relate to the structure, role, and constraints. Offered: A.

Class description

This class covers the history, structure, content and role of state constitutions generally, and the development of Washington's constitution in particular. It starts with historical materials and a look at the national debate about how important state constitutions should be. We then turn to a detailed examination of select portions of the Washington State Constitution.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and class discussion. This is not a seminar this year (2006).

Recommended preparation

READ the course materials and come to class. Ask questions.

Class assignments and grading

There is just one exam, at the end of the quarter

Grades are based on performance on the exam. In the case of very close questions of the appropriate course grade, active class discussion may assist in increasing a student's grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Hugh D Spitzer
Date: 09/11/2006