Oregon Constitutional Law
Description: The Oregon Constitution differs in many ways from the U.S.Constitution and has become a critical source of law for every lawyer whose clients must interact with state and local governmental agencies, officers, and lawmakers. This course will explore the governmental structures enacted in the Oregon Constitution, including sources and limitations on lawmaking authority, executive power, and judicial review. Attention will be given to the unique features of the Oregon Bill of Rights, including judicial doctrines underscoring the independent interpretation of the Oregon Constitution, and the practical application of constitutional principles in litigation. Students will be graded on a combination of a final examination, two short papers due during the course of the semester, and class participation.
Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I