First Amendment Essay


  1. Your first essay will focus on the First Amendment Freedom of Religion. Select three Supreme Court cases that relate to either the Free Exercise Clause OR the Establishment Clause; these cases will serve as the basis of your essay.

    • The cases you choose do not have to relate to the rights of students and, in fact, should not come from the textbook. You will need to do independent research to find the three cases.

  2. Prepare a brief for each of the three cases.

  3. Write a 3-5 page essay (typed, standard 12-pt. font, double spaced) discussing the evolution of the Court’s thinking on the area you chose, based on the three cases you briefed.

  4. You should use and cite at least three sources in this paper: the textbook (for general information, not cases) plus two other legal/academic sources and/or major news sources. You may use any style that you are comfortable with (MLA, APA), I only ask that you use it properly and consistently.

    5. Submit the briefs and the essay as one document,