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This groundbreaking casebook is ideal for introductory Constitutional Law courses of 3–5 units that teach both structure and rights. Its novel approach presents constitutional law as a coherent system, not as isolated doctrines in silos. The book integrates subjects ordinarily taught in Con Law I and II; it integrates historical and doctrinal approaches; it integrates features of a casebook and a study guide; and it presents each case as an integrated whole, so that students learn relationships among doctrines while studying the details of each. Its tone is accessible, while its structure allows for sophisticated classroom discussion. A detailed teacher's manual and companion web site offer charts, slides, graphics, and additional source materials, significantly enhancing accessibility for first-time adopters.

The Second Edition goes beyond merely incorporating significant cases decided after the First Edition was published in 2015. New historical material and biographical profiles have been added, even for pre-existing cases; some chapters have been reorganized; and some text has been revised to anticipate student questions that commonly arise. The features of the casebook that made it a student favorite are, of course, retained. (Students in Prof. Caplan’s classes were asked, in an anonymous survey distributed by proctors at the end of the semester, how the First Edition compared to casebooks used in other classes. 37% said the book was “better” than casebooks they used in other classes, and 45% said the book was “a lot better.”)

“With most other Con Law books, students have to struggle to figure out what the questions are before they can begin to figure out what the answers might be. Caplan’s book is set up in such a way to allow students to quickly grasp that many of the most common questions in constitutional law are actually quite straightforward, which allows them to move more directly to the difficult work of figuring out how one might approach the problem of answering those questions and what the answers might be. And it makes good use of proven pedagogical techniques, enabling the students to encounter concepts multiple times throughout the semester and to draw connections among different pieces of the course. This is by far the best casebook I’ve ever used.
—Chad M. Oldfather, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School


Imprint: Foundation Press
Series: University Casebook Series
Publication Date: 07/05/2018

Aaron H. Caplan, Loyola Law School - LA

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“With most other Con Law books, students have to struggle to figure out what the questions are before they can begin to figure out what the answers might be. Caplan’s book is set up in such a way to allow students to quickly grasp that many of the most common questions in constitutional law are actually quite straightforward, which allows them to move more directly to the difficult work of figuring out how one might approach the problem of answering those questions and what the answers might be. And it makes good use of proven pedagogical techniques, enabling the students to encounter concepts multiple times throughout the semester and to draw connections among different pieces of the course. This is by far the best casebook I’ve ever used.
—Chad M. Oldfather, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School

"I absolutely love this casebook. I have taught constitutional law at the law school and undergraduate levels, and I have used several casebooks, but now that I have discovered Caplan's book, this is the only casebook I will use. I find it particularly well-suited for undergraduates, because it is so clear in describing the relevant constitutional terms and doctrines, and so compelling in telling the background stories for each case. I have received nothing but positive feedback from students on the casebook."
—Jesse Merriam, Ph.D., J.D., Assistant Professor and Pre-Law Advisor, Loyola University Maryland