Midterm study guide

The midterm, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, will be an essay-style test. Your ability to explain clearly, think logically, and argue cogently will count for much.

You may bring notes to class, including a printout of this sheet, but no books. Even with notes, it’s important that you study — if you don’t, you will be fumbling around during the test looking for cases and principles, and it’s quite possible that you will never find them. Also, because you will have your reference materials available, you will be expected to identity and spell case names correctly, and to include the date of the case — i.e., Branzburg v. Hayes (1972).

If you missed any lectures, you will want to discuss what you missed with one of your classmates.

Good luck!

The First Amendment and prior restraint

  • Gitlow v. New York
  • Near v. Minnesota

National security and public safety

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis
  • Schenck v. United States
  • Whitney v. California
  • Brandenburg v. Ohio

The media and the judicial system

  • First Amendment protections and Sixth Amendment rights
  • Sheppard v. Maxwell
  • Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart

Protecting sources: the reporter’s privilege

  • Branzburg v. Hayes
  • Cohen v. Cowles Media Co.
  • McKevitt v. Pallasch

Access to places and information

  • Department of Justice v. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Houchins v. KQED