Explain the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting and enforcing the U.S. Constitution
Identify the circumstances in which individuals and organizations can obtain judicial review of potential constitutional violations
Assess the implications of the due process clause for laws and policies that affect intimate decisions
Evaluate the Supreme Court’s approach to laws that have the purpose or effect of discriminating against individuals on the basis of race, gender, or other characteristics
This constitutional law class provides an overview of the key concepts and legal doctrines underlying the American constitutional structure. Topics covered include the roles and responsibilities of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, standing, justiciability, limits on federal and state law-making authority, the commerce clause, due process and fundamental rights, and equal protection under the Constitution. MSJ students will complete the class with greater knowledge of the Supreme Court’s authority and role, which will enhance the student’s developing understanding of legal analysis.