Michael D. Ramsey

               Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School

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Constitutional Law I, Spring 2018 Course Webpage




Class Meetings:    Monday & Wednesday,10:00 am - 11:50 am, Room 131 Warren Hall


Office Hours:     Monday and Wednesday, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm; Tuesday, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Room 319, Warren Hall


Textbook:  Kathleen Sullivan & Noah Feldman, Constitutional Law (19th edition, Foundation Press, 2016). Additional assignments may be made from materials available online.





This space will be used for announcements regarding class cancellations, make-ups, optional events of interest, and other updates regarding the course schedule.


NO CLASS Monday, January 15, 2018 (King holiday)





This space will be used to post assignments for each class meeting; these assignments will also be announced in class.  After the first assignment, assignments will be keyed to the course Reading Lists.  The Reading List for Unit 1 (Separation of Powers) is available below.


Assignment for Monday, January 22, 2018:


Reading List Part II.F, focus on U.S. v. Nixon and Clinton v. Jones


Assignment for Wednesday, January 17, 2018:


Reading List, Part II.D & E [Note: hypothetical #1 is available below]

For Part D, focus on Dames & Moore v. Regan.

For Part E, please do the hypothetical before reading Hamdi v. Rumsfeld.  Use the general principles discussed in class and in the cases to evaluate the hypothetical.


No class meeting, January 15, 2018 (King holiday)


Assignment for Wednesday, January 10, 2018:


Unit 1 Reading List, Part II.A, B & C, focus on the Steel Seizure Case. [Note: Supplemental Reading #1 is available below]


Assignment for first class meeting, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018:  download below






Assignment for first class meeting (Jan. 8, 2018)

Reading List -- Unit 1


Supplemental Reading #1: Historical Introduction to Executive Power (for 1/10)

Executive Power Hypothetical (Hypothetical #1) (for 1/17)