Constitutional Law

Curriculum

In the list of courses below, Basic Required Courses provide an introduction to basic aspects of constitutional law and are required of all students for Graduation. Advanced Constitutional Law Courses include courses concerning individual rights, the structure and operation of government, and other constitutional topics. Substantive Courses with Constitutional Elements are courses dealing with particular subjects, a significant component of which is constitutional in character.

Basic Required Courses

  • Introduction to Constitutional Law

Advanced Constitutional Law Courses

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Civil Rights Actions
  • Constitutional Topics
  • Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
  • Administrative Law
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • The State and Religion

Substantive Courses with Constitutional Elements

  • Governmental Control of Land Development
  • Local Government Law
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Media and the First Amendment

Course descriptions

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies
Actual field experience in servicing the legal problems of inmates at the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth, the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing, and the Kansas Correctional Institution at Lansing. Students interview clients, investigate and marshal facts, and engage in negotiation, preparation of administrative appeals, and drafting of court briefs and other documents.

Judicial Field Placement Program
Involves upper-class students in working with state and federal judges as part-time law clerks. Students work with judges on various legal matters currently pending before the court. The students also participate in various workshops and an end-of-semester seminar on various topics relating to judicial administration.

Kansas Supreme Court Research Practicum
Students are assigned research projects from the Kansas Supreme Court and the Office of Judicial Administration and employ a variety of methodologies to conduct thorough research and concisely convey their findings to the court.

First Amendment Advocacy
This skills simulation course provides an opportunity for students to develop and apply the kinds of skills and knowledge possessed by First Amendment advocates, particularly media lawyers. Students plan and practice how to advise and represent hypothetical clients who are concerned with expressive freedom and the free flow of news and information. In class, students perform as advocates, negotiators, and evaluators of liability risks. Students also perform in the role of lawyer as citizen by planning and practicing how to advance general understanding of the First Amendment. Assignments include research and analysis of media-related law, regulation and public policy. Written work is completed in the form of documents commonly used in practice.

Public Policy Practicum
The Public Policy Practicum undertakes in-depth, balanced policy studies in response to requests from public officials. Individual students, or teams of students, supervised by faculty, prepare the research reports. The course is designed to give students practical experience in applying analytical policy methods to public policy issues.

 

Questions?

Richard Levy
J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor
785-864-9220
rlevy@ku.edu

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