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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118023781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118023785
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Discover the ins and outs of constitutional law

Are you looking for trusted, plain-English guidance on the ins and outs of constitutional law? Look no further! Constitutional Law For Dummies provides a detailed study guide tracking to this commonly required law course. Explaining complicated legal jargon in modern, easy-to-understand language, it's just what you need for quick learning and complete understanding.

  • Constitutional Law 101 — get a handle on the historical perspective of the Constitution and gain an appreciation of the overall context of the document

  • Checks and balances and Federal/state relations — discover the basic formulas modern jurists use to resolve controversies over national government powers

  • Keep it to yourself — take a look at how the Constitution protects rights to privacy at home and in public

  • Fight for your rights — understand how the Constitution and Bill of Rights were made to protect individual liberties and property rights

  • Express yourself — find out how speech is protected, how separate church and state should really be, and how the Constitution shapes the "rules of engagement" in the political arena

Open the book and find:

  • The basics for understanding the Constitution as a whole

  • Equal-protection guarantees for Americans

  • The 4-1-1 on freedom of speech and press

  • A detailed roadmap of the "separation of powers"

  • What's left of (and for) the states

  • The right to vote, associate with political parties, and run for government office

Learn to:

  • Break down complicated material into easy-to-understand parts

  • Grasp the parameters and applications of the U.S. Constitution

  • Understand the ins and outs of the Supreme Court and constitutional interpretation

About the Author

Glenn C. Smith is a professor of constitutional law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA, and creator of a nationally recognized seminar in which law students learn about the Supreme Court by role-playing as current justices and lawyers arguing before them.

Patricia Fusco is a government attorney and a criminal prosecutor working in the California Attorney General's Office, Special Crimes Unit. As a trial attorney, she deals with issues of constitutional law on a daily basis.

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I like your book, Glenn.
Blade Hunter
This is a valuable resource for those who are looking to get a better understanding of the Constitutional Law and case precedent.
jdejean333
Very well written and easy to utuilize for reference.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blade Hunter on December 22, 2012
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I gave this book a brief review. My daughter is presently in law school and it was a gift for her. It appears to give a good overview of concepts that can be very detailed. Also, Professor Smith was my Con Law professor at Cal Western in 1987.
I like your book, Glenn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne Pauline on December 29, 2012
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I bought this to help people I meet and who come to visit understand more about Constitutional Law. It is a very good book that is not written over normal people's heads
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ray 96 on August 14, 2013
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Easier to understand than the Constitution. Actually read one and used the Dummies to clarify. More for the lay person then a student, but helpful either way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By erin on December 3, 2013
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five stars for this!! Its a great read for anyone wanting to understand the constitution more in depth!!!!!! broken down and easy to understand!
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I just started reading it three days ago and I love the style and brevity. Brings back memories of all the US history that I had forgotten. The historical background makes it easier to remember.
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Helpful book. Clear explanations about subject matter. Unfortunately, it doesn't replace reading the textbook for your Con Law class but it helps.
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