Constitutional Law I & II
Full Year Tutored Course
Ah, my favorite. Constitutional Law, or Con Law for short, deals with the enforcement of rights and duties established under the United States Constitution. That is a broad area and encompasses many topics (some as obscure as what is called 11 th Amendment immunity, which has been tested on the California Bar exam). The course will start with the separation of powers between the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government. Then it will expand into fundamental problems of jurisdiction and standing. From there you will explore the broad expanse of the commerce clause and the privileges and immunities clause. After that you will deal with the vast case law and Supreme Court decisions involving the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments and what rules of law these cases have set forth. In addition, you will read about the decision-making process of the Supreme court starting from the early days to modern times.
Bill Hansult is a practicing California attorney and launched Side-Bar to help students pass the California and UBE exams at the lowest possible cost. He spent two years developing a system that works for both California and UBE states. The program differs from many other programs because it does not use lectures.
Instead, he provides students with outlines, practice tests and a schedule. It is the same memory reinforcement system that Bill used to pass the California Bar exam several years ago. After students master a long outline, they move to smaller and smaller ones, until a week before the exam. At that point, students switch to a "Bar Bones" outline which includes everything in 12 pages and is used as a refresher.