• Court will consider effort by North Carolina legislators to intervene to defend state voter-ID law November 24, 2021
    In a surprise pre-Thanksgiving order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday added one new case to its merits docket for the 2021-22 term. In Berger v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the justices will weigh in on an effort by Republican legislators in the... The post Court will consider effort by North Carolina legislators […]
    Amy Howe
  • The morning read for Wednesday, Nov. 24 November 24, 2021
    Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at Here’s the Wednesday morning read: Native Americans are winning at the Supreme Court –... The post The morning read for Wednesday, Nov. 24 appeared […]
    James Romoser
  • In dispute over groundwater, court tells Mississippi it’s equitable apportionment or nothing November 23, 2021
    Less than two months after oral argument, in its first interstate groundwater case, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that Mississippi must rely on a doctrine known as equitable apportionment if it wants to sue Tennessee over the shared Middle Claiborne Aquifer. In an opinion by... The post In dispute over groundwater, court tells Mississippi it’s […]
    Robin Craig

Welcome to Constitutional Law (CRJ200) Course Hub

Course Description

This course hub website contains OER (Open Educational Resources)/Zero Textbook Cost resources for faculty teaching U.S. Constitutional Law (CRJ 200) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. These resources are freely available for use by BMCC faculty and beyond. This work was created by Daniel DiPrenda, and funded by the New York State Department of Education. 

This course provides a historical overview of the relationship of the states to the Bill of Rights, and how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the powers of the federal government. The effect of the due process clause of the fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the states is examined through a study of the leading Supreme Court decisions related to criminal justice. Topics include characteristics and powers of the three branches of government, the principles governing the operation of the Bill of Rights, and the variables affecting the formulation of judicial policy.

This course hub follows Professor DiPrenda’s syllabus, located here.