11 episodes

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.

Irrational Basis Revie‪w‬ Leah Litman Melissa Murray Kate Shaw

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

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.

    Animus

    Animus

    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?

    • 18 min
    Carolene Products: Footnote 4

    Carolene Products: Footnote 4

    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.

    • 13 min
    Unenumerated Rights

    Unenumerated Rights

    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?

    • 11 min
    State Action

    State Action

    A quick, handy guide to the state action doctrine.

    • 9 min
    Congress’s Section 5 Power

    Congress’s Section 5 Power

    A deeper dive of Congress’s power to enact legislation pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment.

    • 11 min
    Commerce Clause Jurisprudence

    Commerce Clause Jurisprudence

    A rollicking ride covering the Court’s Commerce Clause jurisprudence from Gibbons v. Ogden, to the Gilded Age, to the New Deal, to the present.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

david_e_chavez ,

Longer episodes = more substantive, better episodes

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this podcast after the first 2 episodes, but the 3rd episode really showcased why I love these hosts. The longer episode allowed for a more substantive discussion about the presidential power, and I enjoyed it very much.

Zot-t ,

Great podcast

Plan to use it in my classes

patrickdallas416 ,

Great concise podcast

I teach government, and this podcast is a great summary of topics that come up in my classes. It’s accessible for anyone, though it’s aimed at law students. Highly recommended.

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