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Constitutional Law: Cases in Context

Front Cover - Constitutional Law: Cases in Context

Third Edition

Randy E. Barnett
Georgetown University 

Josh Blackman
South Texas College of Law Houston 

2017. Approx. 1822 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-9288-5. With Teacherís Manual.

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About the Book

Constitutional Law: Cases in Context, Third Edition by Randy E. Barnett and Josh Blackman places primary emphasis on how constitutional law has developed since the Founding, its key foundational principles, and recurring debates. By providing both cases and context, it conveys the competing narratives that all lawyers ought to know and all constitutional practitioners need to know. Teachable, manageable, class-sized chunks of material are suited to one-semester courses or reduced credit configurations. Generous case excerpts make the text flexible for most courses. Cases are judiciously supplemented with background readings from various sources.  Innovative study guide questions presented before each case help students focus on the salient issues, challenging them to consider the courtís opinions from various perspectives, and suggesting comparisons or connections with other cases.  

Key Features:

  • Revised doctrinal areas with newer cases.
  • Updated background contextual material to reflect current scholarship.  
  • A highly accessible and engaging structure that examines the competing narratives that pervade the development of American constitutional law since the founding.
  • Related cases that are grouped together into assignments making it simple for professors to construct syllabi, and assign students a reasonable amount of reading for each topic.  
  • A wealth of photographs, maps, and primary documents to bring the cases to life.  
  • A series of short, focused, two-minute videos about each case in the book feature the authors discussing the facts, posture, analysis, and holding of the case.
  • An extensive Teacherís Manual that provides guidance to teachers, old and new, to increase the effectiveness of their instruction.  
  • A new supplement for Fall 2017 that includes all cases from the recently-concluded Supreme Court term.  ​