Constitutional Law

Constitutional law is fundamental to understanding the role of law in our society. Although constitutional law issues are not ordinarily the focus of the practice of most lawyers, they do come up in nearly all areas of law, and public law is at the center of our legal system. We understand it is essential to understand the basic structure of the Constitution, the scheme of government it establishes, the powers it confers, and the rights it guarantees.

Faculty teaching in classroom Our coursework is taught by leading scholars and experts in constitutional law. Courses both provide the foundation for understanding constitutional law and focus on specific issues like employment discrimination or election law, examining the protection of individual civil and political rights.

Our externships offer upper-division students the opportunity to assume real-world responsibilities and develop professional relationships in the field in which they aspire to focus. By earning academic credit for fieldwork performed at government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and judicial chambers, students receive practical, hands-on experience as part of their school education.

Select Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • First Amendment Seminar
  • Issues of Race and Law
  • Poverty 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
  • Maya Manian focuses on access to reproductive healthcare and related constitutional 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 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
  • USF Law Democrats