Thursday, January 14, 2010

A free, web-based Constitutional Law Course

Given the plentiful questions at the moment about the relevance and sanctity of the U. S. Constitution, it seems like a fine time to bone up on the subject.

And for those like me whose education and career paths swept a wide path around such subjects, it becomes even more relevant.

So here you are; a chance to get grounded in the basics from a bona fide law professor of some repute.

You can go here to get the full details on the course.  But  let me give you the short and pithy version:


The recorded course—ten two-hour lectures each week for ten consecutive weeks—will be available via (1) my website ( and (2) my blog page (, from each of which the entire course can be downloaded free of charge.

It will available on those sites in the middle of the weeks beginning January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; and March 7, 14, 21 and will remain there indefinitely.

There is no cost to access this course in its recorded/downloaded form. (However, because listeners will be hearing a recording, they will not be able to ask questions.)

Cost To Participate In Live Course

The prerequisite to posting and maintaining the course on my website and blog at no cost is that the ten lectures first be recorded.

To do that, I will utilize the worldwide facilities of, an interactive computer-based communication system.

Using Skype, it will be possible for no more than 23 individuals to hear the course live, and ask questions, by downloading free software from Skype and using an inexpensive, off-the-shelf headset/microphone.

I will record by delivering the lectures live on Sunday evenings, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time on January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 2010.

(To defray Skype, recording, posting, etc. expenses, I am charging $250 for this interactive participation. Persons interested in being among the 23 who listen to my lectures live should contact me here for full details).

Essential reading

There is no “homework” for this course. However, to benefit fully from it I recommend that prior to hearing the first lecture you obtain a hard copy of, and read, the Constitution of the United States of America. Also, the Supreme Court opinion in Griswold v. Connecticut, which can be found without cost at

You will find it helpful to have both available during the course.

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