Michael D. Ramsey

Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School

Constitutional Law I, Spring 2015 Course Webpage




Class Meetings: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 am - 11:50 am


Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Textbook: Kathleen Sullivan & Noah Feldman, Constitutional Law (18th edition, Foundation, 2013).

Additional assignments may be made from materials available online.


Note: The seventeenth edition of the casebook is not an acceptable substitute. Apologies for any misinformation.




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




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 Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015


Reading List Part III.E (legislative power hypotheticals, available below)

Reading List Part IV.A (Marbury v. Madison)


Assignment for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015


Reading List Part III.C & D, focus on the cases in the supplemental reading (available below); we will begin with Morrison v. Olson from the prior assignment


Assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015


Reading List Part III.A & B, focus on Chadha, Bowsher and Morrison.

Note: If you want to read ahead, read Supplemental Reading #2 (posted below). It will be a main part of the assignment for Thursday, 1/29.


Assignment for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015


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


Assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015


Reading List, Part II.D & E. Focus on Dames & Moore and the hypothetical. You should prepare a response to the hypothetical but you do not need to turn it in. Prepare the hypothetical before reading the Hamdi case.


Assignment for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015


Unit 1 Reading List, Part II.A, B & C, focus on the Steel Seizure Case.


Assignment for first class meeting (Tuesday, 1/13/15): download below.





Assignment for first class meeting (Jan.13, 2015)

Reading List -- Unit 1


Supplemental Reading #1 (executive power) (for 1/15)

Hypothetical #1 Executive Power (for 1/20)


Supplemental Reading #2 (legislative power) (for 1/29)

Hypothetical #2 Legislative Power (for 2/3)