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Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach (2d ed. 2011) is a textbook written by Professors Gregory E. Maggs and Peter J. Smith (both of the George Washington University Law School) and published by West (ISBN-13: 9780314273550).

The second edition of the textbook, which is suitable either for a one- or two-semester course, strives to make constitutional law easily teachable and readily accessible for students. The authors have selected the cases very carefully and provided fuller versions of the opinions so that students get a good sense of the Court's reasoning. Text boxes call the students' attention to important aspects of each opinion, and the book is filled with introductions, points for discussion, hypotheticals, and executive summaries. The authors present a diversity of views on every subject, and, reflecting some of their own disagreements, the authors have written point-counterpoint discussions on many disputed questions.

Please visit SSRN ( to access the book parts.

The SSRN download includes the preface, table of contents, and the first chapter. This download was prepared and posted with the permission of the publisher.

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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-83, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-83

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