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    Jul 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class was by far my favorite for spring quarter. Professor Kelley is so knowledgeable about the cases she teaches and is always so enthusiastic.

    Course highlights:

    Professor Kelley's American Constitutional Law class is split up into different units of study. During Spring 2016, the two main units were on school speech and gender equality. You get the opportunity to delve into the specific unit and relevant cases in order to track trends in Supreme Court cases. Ultimately, your goal is to be able to think critically about Supreme Court decisions and parse long judicial opinions to anticipate what the Supreme Court might decide next.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Write briefs for every single case. It sounds like a lot of work, but it makes preparing for the exams so much easier. Reading the cases doesn't actually take very much time, so if you make a template for a case brief, you just need to fill in the relevant information as you read. When it comes time for the exam, create a table of contents for your case briefs, staple them all together and bring them with you to the exam for quick reference. Professor Kelley's exams are open note, open book so preparation is key.

    • Spring 2016
    • Pamela Kelley
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