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. 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.

Students completing a specialized curriculum earn a Certificate in Constitutional Rights and Remedies.