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Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies (Aspen Casebook Series)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  413 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
This highly successful student treatise offers distinct advantages:
- thorough treatment of all areas of constitutional law covered in both beginning and advanced courses
- direct, unambiguous identification of the issues
- takes a neutral approach that examines all sides of constitutional law debates
- presents both the doctrines and the underlying policy issues of the law,
Paperback, Third Edition, 1327 pages
Published July 26th 2006 by Aspen Publishers (first published April 1997)
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Margaret Zhang
May 14, 2013 Margaret Zhang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Professor Robert Reinstein, Temple University Law School
Excellent cases and commentary.
May 23, 2012 Keata138 rated it really liked it
Shelves: law
I relied completely on this book for class and it didn't let me down - it was infinitely better than the assigned book. His Barbri lectures (though terribly slow) are also really helpful.

He even tells jokes: Why are seagulls called seagulls? Because if they flew over the bay, they'd be called bagels!
Jun 16, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
It was everything I was told it would be and more. It is a particularly good study guide/ companion to Constitutional Law because it is clear and (believe it or not from its length) concise. It spends just the right amount of time on background information and key cases.
Dec 14, 2013 Chrys rated it it was amazing
A must if you are studying constitutional law. Very clear explanations, and definitely saved me while I was studying for my constitutional law final. It is comprehensive and has most of the cases you will need to know, except for the most recent ones such as the health care and gay marriage cases.
Kathy Choi
Jun 18, 2008 Kathy Choi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chemerinsky is the best constitutional law professor in the country. This book is used for con law classes across the nation - great reference. He is an amazing professor and any student that has a chance to take a class with him should!
John Lewis
Dicta is dry and not helpful. Save the several hundred dollars and pull up the cases elsewhere.
Aug 31, 2009 Christine rated it liked it
This is a pretty good intro to US Constitutional law. At times I felt it could be written better - and I certainly think there's a bias in the writing, but overall a good historical introduction.
Valerie Sherman
Bad. One of my least favorite case books ever. After page 1,000, Chemerinsky's page editors are asleep at the wheel. Seriously, "Fist Amendment?" Howabout FIRST Amendment? With an R??
Aug 20, 2016 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saved me in 1L con law.
Dec 20, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TOO BIG! Most of my classmates tore chapters out of the book rather than carry the whole thing to class. I opted for back pain.
What I've learned from this far, the scope of Congress's commerce power. Is the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 constitutional? I can't wait to find out!
Tamara Bennett
Nov 05, 2013 Tamara Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
used it in const law class as undergrad. my 1st experience analyzing case law from this bk. loved it.
Apr 24, 2011 Rex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
The course I took dealt with only the first half of the book (it is a very large book). The cases were well edited. I recommend the textbook.
Apr 07, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I <3 Erwin!
Chijioke Ahuchogu
Sep 02, 2015 Chijioke Ahuchogu rated it it was amazing
Not even a lawyer or aspiring to be one.. One of the best books I've read on any technical subject.
Bah, conlaw. a treatise AND the actual text. oy.
Bexy Ross
Mar 25, 2008 Bexy Ross rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book... If you have any interest in learning about Constitutional Law this would teach you without having to go to law school!
Aug 27, 2007 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Legal Scholars
Shelves: haveread
Dec 20, 2009 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
man was this a big book. was it really necessary to include the same cases in different sections? could he just have referred the reader to the case, rather than reprinting them?
Yousef M
Dec 05, 2010 Yousef M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: law, reference
A book of biblical proportions. It will probably have its own religious following within a few years.
Dec 05, 2007 Alec rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Self-hating Law Students
Not only was the physical book a piece of shit, it was poorly edited and densely written. Bleh.
May 31, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
It was a good con law book. Laid out in an easier to read fashion with good explanation of the cases.
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