CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

W.B. Fisch

Some Websites for Constitutional Law

(Last Updated August 5, 2011)

The number of websites relating to U.S. Constitutional Law is overwhelming. Herewith a few particularly useful or interesting ones with which a student (or anyone else) can begin. This page is under construction and I expect to add to it from time to time.

General Sources

The Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute maintains a comprehensive page on Constitutional Law, with a nice little overview and links to sources on all dimensions of the subject, from documents to cases to web pages of a variety of organizations and individuals devoted to information and advocacy about the constitution. It is probably the best place for a student to start.

        Cornell LLI also maintains an excellent Siupreme Court page, with up-to-date docket and decision information as well as archives from previous terms; see also the Supreme Courtís own page

Professor Doug Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City maintains a fascinating site for students called "Exploring Constitutional Conflicts"  emphasizing constitutional history, with both original pages (including several quiz games to test and add to your store of constitutional lore) and many links to other sources on the Court, the Justices, the Constitution and famous cases.

 

Historical Documentation

 

        Because constitutional law is inseparable from historical context, it is worthwhile to consult a couple of sources for historical documentation relating to constitutional issues.Two sites, both including federal and state constitutions and related documents in a far more comprehensive collection, are particularly notable for the history buff:

o   The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy, which includes, for example, a collection on The American Constitution: A Documentary Record

o   The Library of Congressís American Memory collection, which includes extensive documentation of the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention and related materials.

 

Current Events and Commentary: The Blogosphere

 

        Weblogs on constitutional law are also legion, engaged in a continuous dialogue/discussion/debate on current issues.Herewith precisely ďa fewĒ, each of which includes extensive links to other blogs and other sources along with the opinions of the bloggers:

o   The SCOTUSblog, sponsored and managed by the D.C. law firm of Goldstein & Russell

o   Balinization, founded by Prof. Jack M. Balkin of Yale Law School

o   The Volokh Conspiracy, founded by Prof. Eugene Volokh of UCLA Law School