Disputes over the scope and substance of federal constitutional rights have been central to racial justice, education, housing, voting, employment, reproductive rights, land use, law enforcement and criminal justice, and numerous other areas of profound social importance. The important rights developed in each of these areas, however, are not always enforceable. The law of constitutional remedies includes numerous procedural hurdles that significantly limit the opportunities for injured parties to receive a full hearing of their constitutional claims, much less a favorable one. An understanding of the procedures that govern the litigation of federal constitutional rights has thus become essential to the process of constitutional enforcement.

The Constitutional Rights and Remedies Program at the Sturm College of Law is an academic program that allows students to focus on the nature, scope, viability, and limits of litigating federal constitutional rights through traditional classes, simulation courses, conferences, public lectures, and pro bono litigation. The program is staffed by our full-time faculty, but draws on a rich background of resources offered by both a local and national advisory board. Students enrolled in the program develop a sophisticated understanding of the interaction between state and federal courts, are able to determine the available and appropriate vehicles for constitutional litigation, develop an increased understanding of the content of our constitutional protections, and may increase their likelihood of obtaining a federal clerkship and a career in constitutional litigation.

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Our experienced faculty are actively involved in researching, publishing, lecturing, litigating and other activities involving constitutional rights and remedies. In addition, many of our professors spent their pre-teaching careers clerking for federal judges and engaging in litigation of constitutional rights claims. Our proximity to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, as well as the regional offices of multiple federal agencies, is another draw for our Constitutional Rights and Remedies students.

The College of Law anticipates that in the near future, students who choose this area of focus will be able to graduate with a certificate in Constitutional Rights and Remedies from the Sturm College of Law. The program graduates students who are not only educated in constitutional law, but who have also been prepared to practice competently and ethically in the litigation of constitutional rights.

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