Constitutional Law

From headlines to courtrooms, constitutional law is being argued in the most pressing cases in America today.

Faculty teaching in classroom New challenges to our nation’s founding document are constantly brought to action, and lawyers who specialize in parsing its meaning and intent are in high demand. But constitutional issues arise in nearly all practice areas, and it is essential for any lawyer to understand the basic structure of the Constitution, the scheme of government it establishes, the powers it confers, and the rights it guarantees.

Our faculty are leading scholars and experts in constitutional law. Focused on specific issues like employment discrimination or election law, their classes examine the protection of individual civil and political rights.

Select Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Education Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • First Amendment Seminar
  • Issues of Race and Law


  • Joshua Davis writes extensively about antitrust and free speech law
  • Peter Jan Honigsberg is an authority on human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, terrorism, and other post-9/11 issues
  • Julie Nice is a leading scholar on constitutional law, poverty law, and sexuality law

Recent Externships

  • ACLU of Northern California 
  • California Attorney General's Office
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration, and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Student Organizations

  • American Constitution Society
  • If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Pride Law