Teaching Constitutional Law in a Crisis of Judicial Legitimacy

8 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2024

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William Baude

University of Chicago - Law School

Date Written: February 26, 2024


Recent developments in the Supreme Court have prompted many professors to ask: How can we teach constitutional law in such a crisis of judicial legitimacy? How can we still teach students that courts are a place to seek justice?

These sentiments reflect a real challenge for teaching constitutional law today, and I offer several suggestions for teaching law in light of the current Supreme Court.

But I also fear that these sentiments demonstrate a lack of perspective. The real crisis in teaching constitutional law today is not in the Supreme Court, but in legal academia: the question is whether we can maintain the perspective necessary to teach effectively about the Court and the Constitution.

Keywords: constitution, supreme court, constitutional law, teaching, pedagogy, law teaching, judicial legitimacy, judicial crisis, Revolt of the Public, Learning in Wartime

Suggested Citation

Baude, William, Teaching Constitutional Law in a Crisis of Judicial Legitimacy (February 26, 2024). Chicago-Kent Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4739308 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4739308

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