• Summary

  • Irrational Basis Review: a constitutional law podcast that’s rationally related to a legitimate educational purpose. We'll provide deep dives about the constitutional law cases that are foundational to the first year law school curriculum. For professors, law students, and anyone interested in law! Hosted by Leah Litman, Melissa Murray, and Kate Shaw. Produced by Melody Rowell.
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Episodes
  • Animus

    Mar 29 2021

    What happens when rational basis gets bitten by a radioactive animus spider?  It becomes super-powered and invalidates a range of discriminatory conduct.  Where did this toothier form of rational basis come from?  And which Justice made it his life’s work to wring every bit of goodness out of the whole concept of animus?  

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    19 mins
  • Carolene Products: Footnote 4

    Mar 15 2021

    Start your study of individual rights on the right foot(note) with this discussion of Con Law’s most famous footnote and the tiers of scrutiny that it spawned.

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    14 mins
  • Unenumerated Rights

    Feb 20 2021

    We do a deep dive into unenumerated rights-- where do they come from? Why do they get such a bad rap?  How do we know when an unenumerated right is entitled to the most robust constitutional protections?

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    12 mins

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