Constitutional Law: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers

ISBN : 9780199916269

Kevin Saunders; Michael Lawrence
224 Pages
217 x 279 mm
Pub date
Apr 2013
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Constitutional law is one of the most engaging and yet challenging first year law classes. At the confluence of history, politics, legal theory, and judicial review, it requires students to learn a new framework for legal interpretation and thought unique from other areas of law. For the first time, Oxford University Press equips students with an accessible guide to acing these challenging constitutional law exams. In Constitutional Law: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers, Kevin Saunders and Michael Lawrence help students demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional law in the structured and sophisticated manner that professors expect on law school exams. The book provides clear introductions on the fundamental topics in constitutional law, provides hypotheticals similar to those that students can expect to see on an exam, including multi-issue questions, and offers model answers to those hypotheticals. Professors Saunders and Lawrence then also coach students in how to evaluate their own work with a comprehensive self-analysis section. Constitutional Law: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers prepares students by challenging them to use the law they learn in class while also explaining the best way to express sophisticated answers on law school exams. Model Problems and Outstanding Answers is an innovative new series by Oxford University Press. Featuring topical introductions and clear fact patterns, each book contains exercises designed to help students develop methods to craft organized, relevant, and thoughtful responses to exam-style questions. These exercises show the student how to think like a lawyer. By guiding students to the most appropriate ways to apply their knowledge to new facts, the series offers meaningful and significant preparation for law school exams and bar-exam essays. Current titles in the series include Federal Income Taxation, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Law.


1. Federal Judicial Power
2. Federal Legislative Power
3. Federal Executive Power
4. Limits on State Regulatory Authority
5. Incorporation, State Action, and Takings
6. Mixed Structural Problems
7. Due Process
8. Equal Protection
9. Free Expression
10. Freedom of Association
11. The Religion Clauses
12. Mixed Individual Rights Problems

About the author: 

Kevin Saunders is Professor of Law & The Charles Clarke Chair in Constitutional Law at Michigan State University College of Law. He clerked for the Honorable Kenneth Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was a professor at the University of Arkansas and the University of Oklahoma, and served as Visiting James Madison Chair and Interim Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Drake University. He earned his JD with honors at University of Michigan Law School and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Professor Saunders has authored dozens of publications and taught a variety of courses and seminars on topics in constitutional law. ; Michael Lawrence is Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs & Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law. He frequently lectures and teaches courses on constitutional law and international law. He publishes widely on constitutional law and has participated in high-profile amicus curiae briefs before the US Supreme Court and other federal courts. Professor Lawrence has chaired the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education and the AALS Section on Pre-Legal Education. Prior to teaching, he practiced at Baker & McKenzie in Washington, DC. He earned his JD with honors from the University of Wisconsin, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.

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