Topics in Constitutional Law: Fourteenth Amendment Equality Seminar

Course Number: 579U

Description: This seminar focuses on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Students will review Supreme Court cases, study legal scholarship, and critique social science literature exploring the implications of equality law. We will discuss definitions of equality, approaches to reaching equality goals, doctrinal shifts, and proposed policy revisions. Students should gain a framework for critically analyzing the equality arguments asserted on behalf of groups in varying social contexts, e.g., gender in employment settings, wealth discrimination, and race in education. It is recommended, but not required, that students take Constitutional Law II prior to enrolling in this course.