Constitutional Literacy

SLN #: 17424
Course Prefix: LAW-661
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 2/3
Instructor(s): Schatzki

Course Description:
This class is the academic complement to the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program in which law students teach constitutional law to high school students twice weekly through the semester. The class consists of open discussion of constitutional rights and cases, incorporating both current issues and hypothetical situations. Second- and third-year law students teach constitutional rights and responsibilities in public high schools, including a special curriculum on the history and future of democracy and the right to vote. Assessment is on a pass/fail basis consisting of attendance, participation, and presence and participation in the high school classes. This class covers and proposes to provide in-depth and thought-provoking coverage of our constitutional rights and how to teach these rights to high school kids at South Mountain High School. Law students who teach in the high school will acquire a extensive depth of knowledge in constitutional law in order to prepare for the unpredictable and stunningly sophisticated questions that can only come from the curious and uninhibited minds of teenagers.

This year law students will have an option to participate in coaching the high school students (many of which will be from your classes) to compete in a moot court competition scheduled at the law school on Saturday 2/20/10. The high school students will be petitioners and respondents in what will most likely be a First Amendment case about student rights.

This program was created by American University and has been replicated in several law schools. There is a textbook, written for high school students, which will be the basis for the academic component here, and the text for the high school classes.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2/3
Grading Option: Pass/Fail Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.