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Freedom of Speech



Welcome to LawShelf’s video-course on the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech. This course details the freedoms we enjoy under the First Amendment to the Constitution, including freedoms of speech, the press, assembly and petition.

This is an introductory level course and no prior knowledge of law is required.

The course starts with a discussion of freedom of speech and the ways in which government may regulate speech. We will discuss the protections afforded to political speech and how viewpoint discrimination by the government is almost universally prohibited.



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Introduction to the Freedom of Speech - Module 1 of 5


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Protected Speech and Expression - Module 2 of 5


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Unprotected Speech, Module 3 of 5


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First Amendment Rights of Assembly, Petition and Association, Module 4 of 5


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Freedom of the Press and the Right to Privacy, Module 5 of 5


Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.