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With essential coverage of governmental powers, structures, and civil liberties, this text is distinguished from other law books by its concise approach for undergraduate study. Well-edited cases are used to illustrate the subject, as the authors describe and explain constitutional law in their own narrative. Students are also engaged in learning through the use of graphs, illustrations, and review and discussion questions, which enable them to develop problem-solving and analytical abilities. Without overwhelming amounts of material, the text challenges students to learn constitutional law in a progressive and reader-friendly format, and is particularly appealing to undergraduate instructors in legal studies, political science, and other law programs.

C. Suzanne Bailey, J.D., Western Illinois University-Quad Cities

C. Suzanne Bailey practiced law for several years prior to becoming a professor. Throughout her teaching career she has taught criminal procedure, evidence, current issues in the courts, civil law, employment law, alternative dispute resolution, legal research and a variety of special topic courses. Professor Bailey has published a number of articles over the course of her career and has previously co-authored the book, Constitutional Law. She is currently an Associate Professor at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities in Moline, Illinois.

Chana Barron, J.D., M.S., J.D., M.S. University of Iowa; Assistant Professor Auburn Univ Montgomery

Chana Barron, J.D., M.S. is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa, where she is an Instructo in the Sociology Department. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor at Auburn University at Montgomery. She also work for the Dept. of Justice and Public Safety School during her previous years at Auburn University.
  • Presents subjects in a concise format for appropriate coverage of all topics in an undergraduate course
  • Offers a shortened book length without compromising content so classes are easier to plan and students aren't overwhelmed by the material
  • Conveys written instruction with undergraduates in mind, so students can understand difficult concepts more quickly
  • Adds narrative to cases so instructors can choose what material to discuss and still benefit students with key information
  • Provides key terms, review and discussion questions, and well-prepared cases to reinforce and develop students' problem-solving skills and analytical abilities
Part I: Governmental Structures, Authorities, and Limitations.
Section I: History of the Constitution.
Section II: Dividing Governmental Power: Horizontally and Vertically.
Section III: The Judiciary; Its Role and Judicial Review.
Section IV: The Judiciary: Jurisdiction.
Section V: Congress.
Section VI: Presidency.
Section VII: Administrative Agencies.
Part II: Civil Liberties.
Section VIII: Fundamental Rights.
Section IX: Due Process and Equal Protection.
Section X: Discrimination.
Section XI: The Right to Privacy.
Section XII: Freedom of Expression and Association.
Section XIII: Freedom of Press.
Section XIV: Speech Not Protected by the First Amendment.
Section XV: Freedom of Religion.
Section XVI: The Establishment Clause.
Part IV: Appendices.

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The Student's Guide to Understanding Constitutional Law

ISBN: 9781401852399
This text successfully uses a host of techniques to help students learn about the complex subject of constitutional law at a level that college students can understand. Lists of key terms, related Websites, practice questions and further readings combine with visual aids, chapter connectors and more to assist students in developing a basic yet valuable understanding of constitutional law. The historical timeline and constitutional summary give students a sense for the big picture as they read individual chapters. And the discussions and supporting material are presented in a very reader-friendly format, keeping the students from struggling through legal-ese.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781401852405

Online Resource

ISBN: 9781401852412


The Student's Guide to Understanding Constitutional Law

ISBN: 9781401852399
When it comes to the complex subject of constitutional law, this publication does an excellent job at assisting the reader in learning the basics. Readers get an historical perspective, thanks to the constitutional timeline, and they can keep an eye on the big picture while reading individual chapters, using the constitutional summary. Connectors and organizers help link the subject of one chapter to another, and visual aides/models make complicated concepts easier to grasp. This popular publication is a valuable guide to understanding how the Constitution works.

Online Resource

ISBN: 9781401852412