American Legal and Constitutional History
General Catalog Course Title:
American Legal and Constitutional History
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Fall 2013
Course Thread: 
Law & Humanities
McClain, Charles

This course explores the history of American legal institutions and doctrine from colonial times to the present. It deals both with the history of American constitutional law (through the study of major U.S. Supreme Court opinions) and with the development of certain important bodies of non-constitutional law, such as the law of property, the law of torts (civil wrongs), and criminal law. In exploring how American law has developed over time the course may serve as something of an introduction to our current legal and constitutional order. 

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