Constitutional Law


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
  • 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
  • International Human Rights
  • Media Law

Course descriptions


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 Clerkship Clinic
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 Clinic
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.

Media Law Clinic
Practical, in-depth studies of law, policy, regulation, and professional ethics that shape the relationship between the communications media and such institutions as the judiciary, legislature, agencies, business, education, and the professions. Individual students or teams of students, supervised by the clinic director, prepare research reports in response to requests from lawyers, policy-makers, publishers, and others who are concerned with the free flow of accurate, fair, and timely news and information in a democratic society. The clinic is designed to advance students' skills and knowledge in analyzing the rights and responsibilities of the communications media and the individuals and organizations that depend on those media to inform the citizenry.

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



Richard Levy
J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor

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