COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES
The following three items are the required materials for this class. (1) The basic textbook - Gregory E. Maggs & Peter J. Smith, Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach (West, 3rd ed. 2015) (hereinafter "Text"). It is important to note that the purchase of a second-hand copy of the text will not enable you to access the online materials available on West's Interactive Casebook website. (2) The 2016 Supplement, available for free on West's Interactive Casebook website. Additional materials available on the Internet are hyperlinked in the Syllabus. (3) Ronald K.L. Collins & David M. Skover, On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Except for the online Supplement, these materials are available for purchase at the bookstore. Hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions of On Dissent are also available through Amazon.
You will be held responsible for the information assigned, whether or not specifically discussed in class.
The ABA mandates class attendance, and the Washington State Bar application requires that a bar candidate disclose any class withdrawal due to non-attendance. Given those demands and the importance of participation in class discussion, you are expected to attend every class session. You are entitled to three unexcused absences, for which you are not required to give any notice. Thereafter, you can receive three excused absences, which must be appropriately documented and which will be accorded for only the most compelling of reasons. A seventh absence will result in an automatic administrative withdrawal.
Class participation will not be required as any percentage of the final semester grade. A "grade bump" may be awarded for class participation if it is: (1) voluntary (i.e., when students are not called upon), (2) frequent; and (3) noteworthy (i.e., comments that contribute substantially to the understanding of the class or that materially advance the course of analysis).
There will be an in-class examination at the end of the semester.