Law and Religion
This limited enrollment, highly specialized course explores one of the most hotly disputed issues in the law—the proper relationship between government and religion. Church-state issues have bedeviled the Supreme Court for more than half a century, and conflicts between religion and the law are at the center of several contemporary debates (e.g., religious objections to contraceptive-coverage requirements and same-sex marriage laws). Students in the course will engage in an in-depth study of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment as well as other federal and state laws concerning religious liberty.
Class evaluation will be by exam and class participation.
Prerequisite: Constitutional Law II