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Constitutional Law For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-02378-5
384 pages
December 2011
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Discover the ins and outs of Constitutional law

Are you a student looking for trusted, plain-English guidance on the ins and outs of Constitutional law? Look no further!

Constitutional Law For Dummies provides a detailed study guide tracking to this commonly required law course. It breaks down complicated material and gives you a through outline of the parameters and applications of the U.S. Constitution in modern, easy-to-understand language.

  • Critical information on the Constitution's foundations, powers, and limitations
  • A modern analysis of the Constitution's amendments
  • Detailed information on the Supreme Court and federalism

Explaining outdated governmental jargon in current, up-to-date terms, Constitutional Law For Dummies is just what you need for quick learning and complete understanding. Students studying government will also find this to be a useful supplement to a variety of courses.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Studying Constitutional Law: The Foundations 9

Chapter 1: Understanding the Constitution 11

Chapter 2: Constitutional Law: A View from 30,000 Feet 33

Chapter 3: Mapping Out Key Concepts and Distinctions in Constitutional Law 49

Part II: Allocating Governmental Roles 59

Chapter 4: “Constituting” a New Federal Government 61

Chapter 5: Charting the Reach of National Government Powers 83

Chapter 6: Sorting Out National Powers: Inter-Branch Conflict and Cooperation 105

Chapter 7: The Constitution and Federalism 125

Part III: Protecting Property Rights and Avoiding Arbitrary Action141

Chapter 8: Avoiding Arbitrary Government Action: Due Process of Law 143

Chapter 9: Protecting Property: Land, Contracts, and Guns 161

Chapter 10: Preventing Government from Discriminating 177

Part IV: Rights to Self-Expression and Political Participation 199

Chapter 11: "Express Yourself!" Freedom of Speech 201

Chapter 12: The Constitution and Religion 225

Chapter 13: Getting Involved: Voting and Becoming or Supporting a Candidate 247

Part V: Understanding Privacy Rights 263

Chapter 14: Implied Privacy Rights — Fundamental and Otherwise 265

Chapter 15: Preventing Unreasonable Searches and Seizures 289

Chapter 16: The Right against Self-Incrimination 311

Part VI: The Part of Tens 331

Chapter 17: Ten Landmark Court Decisions about Governmental Structure 333

Chapter 18: Ten (Plus Three) Top Individual-Rights Cases 341

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Glenn C. Smith is a professor of constitutional law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA, and creator of a nationally recognized seminar in which law students learn about the Supreme Court by role-playing as current justices and lawyers arguing before them.

Patricia Fusco is a government attorney and a criminal prosecutor working in the California Attorney General's Office, Special Crimes Unit. As a trial attorney, she deals with issues of constitutional law on a daily basis.

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