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This Constitutional Law casebook combines thick historical context with serious exploration of doctrine on its own terms, thereby achieving a rare balance of accessibility and depth. Its core commitment is to allocate student preparation time wisely. Excerpts have been pared down with a scalpel; cases and documents speak for themselves; and the editors' text and notes prioritize clarity over bloat. The materials' versatility facilitates a wide range of organizational syllabus choices, including both doctrinal and chronological organization.

The teacher'smanual incorporates modularized instruction units with Socratic interactions, discussion hypos, and background material to enhance instructor understanding of less familiar topics. The manual also includes a diverse suite of best-in-class teaching materials, including slides, charts, and images; in-class exercises; and models for real-time whiteboarding. The materials have all been successfully road tested at law schools around the country.

This title utilizes the CasebookPlus™ platform. Anchored by faculty-authored formative self-assessments, CasebookPlus allows students to test their understanding of core concepts as they are learning them in class with quizzes keyed to each chapter, subject area review quizzes, and helpful explanations. Learn more at

Imprint: Foundation Press
Series: Doctrine and Practice Series
Publication Date: 07/15/2021
Related Subject(s): Professional Identity Formation

Richard D. Friedman, University of Michigan Law School

Julian Davis Mortenson, University of Michigan Law School


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PowerPoint Slides

Teacher's Manual Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Sample Syllabi

Friedman Syllabus (Chrono Order)

Mortenson Syllabus (Doctrinal Order)

Additional Excerpts for Chapter II – Interpreting the Constitution

Judicial Review – Marbury and Cooper

Political Question – Rucho v Common Cause

Additional Excerpts for Chapter III – Federalism

14s5 – Kimel and Hibbs

DCC – City of Philly and Kassel

Preemption – Zschernig and Arizona

Additional Excerpts for Chapter IV – Separation of Powers

Removal – Bowsher v Synar

Take Care Clause – OLC DACA Memo

Additional Excerpts for Chapter V – Equal Protection

EPC – Grutter and Gratz

EPC – Walker v. IRS (colorism)

Additional Excerpts for Chapter VI – Due Process

PDP – Cleveland Bd of Ed v Loudermill

SDP – Roe and Casey

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