Date of Defense



Political Science


Operating under the assumption that the average college student knows little to nothing about the Supreme Court and significant cases in the field of American constitutional law, the author hypothesizes that this ignorance is due not to an inability to understand the material, but an unwillingness on the part of the average student to expend the effort necessary to decipher the "legalese" of an average Supreme Court opinion. The author also hypothesizes that it is the high and lofty language of the opinions that generally disenchants the reader, and not the information itself. Therefore, as a means of testing this hypothesis, the author sets out to translate five Supreme Court opinions into the vernacular, in the hopes of making them more accessible to the general public.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access