- Series: University Casebook Series
- Hardcover: 1612 pages
- Publisher: Foundation Press; 15 edition (August 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587787768
- ISBN-13: 978-1587787768
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 7.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,726,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Constitutional Law (University Casebook Series) 15th Edition
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Kathleen M. Sullivan is the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and former Dean of the Stanford University School of Law.
Gerald Gunther is the late William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law Emeritus, Stanford University School of Law.
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For the most part this is your standard Constitutional law text, with few principal cases, and pages after pages of note cases to follow. Unlike most law textbooks, Sullivan does a good job of doing what most law book don't do--she gets to the point and doesn't waste much time getting there. The material flows together quite nicely, although some the cases could have been edited better, as some of the editing leaves some important information, but all in all, if this is your con law text, then you shouldn't have too much trouble getting through it.
There were enough pages that I was able to use them to protect all kinds of fragile things, including all my dishes, glasses, etc. Even after packing all that, there were so many leftover pages that I ended up using them to help secure things in other boxes from rolling around, just like a professional packing company would have done.
I regret throwing the remains of this book away when I was done packing. I had many hundreds of pages left that I could have used for future packing material. I could have probably used one book to move two or three times.
I'm only docking a star because after using several hundred pages for packing material, the spine started to get flimsy and I have a feeling that it would not have held together through the process of ripping out every single page.
Also, there was lots of verbiage in this book that can be found from other sources, such as the Internet. Also, the Internet doesn't weigh so much and can fit in your pocket without breaking your spine.
And it continues to be one of the best texts in Constitutional Law. Several issues make this an excellent volume (especially for law school students). One, it covers a great deal of material. There are myriad cases (normally, nicely edited so that one gets a large number of cases--but for which there is enough of the Court's opinion to make the logic of the Justices intelligible).
Two, there is plenty of context provided for major cases. For instance, after the presentation of the Court's opinion in "Marbury v. Madison," there are a number of snippets exploring the history of judicial review, the controversy over the Court's claim that it could strike down laws as unconstitutional, and so on.
Three, after key cases, there are a host of follow up questions to get the reader thinking about the implications of the decision. These questions, themselves, are an important part of this (and many other) law school textbooks (whether Con Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, etc.).
Once more, this text is one more edition that contributes to the legacy of Noel Dowling's original volume, produced first back in the 1930s. After plowing through this fat volume, people who persevere will have a much more nuanced and intelligible understanding of the Constitution.