Prerequisite: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
The course examines constitutional questions regarding a) the acquisition and loss of citizenship status and b) the rights associated with such status. The course focuses principally on the institution of citizenship in the United States, but it will also consider citizenship questions comparatively and in international law. Through readings in law and legal theory, the course will cover: birthright citizenship, citizenship by descent, naturalization, denaturalization, expatriation, plural citizenship, nationality and citizenship in U.S. territories, and the relationship of various rights and benefits (including voting and gun possession) to citizenship status.
Self-scheduled take-home exam. 1 writing credit.