Reflections on the Teaching of Constitutional Law

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: 2005


This article reflects on the nature of Constitutional Law classes. It encourages an understanding of the difficulties faced by judges charged with interpreting the Constitution. It also advocates each student develop their own interpretation based on the document apart from court opinions.

Keywords: legal education, constitutional law, teaching

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., Reflections on the Teaching of Constitutional Law (2005). St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 49, No. 653, 2005, Available at SSRN:

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