The principal objective of this course is to provide students with a greater understanding of how their country's body of constitutional law is shaped by history, institutions, and current values. The comparative project, by focusing on narrow differences between two very similar countries, allows students to move beyond an acceptance of basic premises of constitutional law as "natural" or "inherent." As an important dividend, students will gain basic knowledge of foundational concepts in the legal landscape of their country's largest trading partner, hopefully providing students with a comparative advantage in seeking employment with government offices and private firms whose clients engage in substantial cross-border transactions.