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Constitutional Rights and Remedies

The Constitutional rights and remedies JD certificate program allows you 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. You will 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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Learning to litigate federal constitutional rights—in and out of the classroom

Through the program, you will develop a sophisticated understanding of the interaction between state and federal courts, determine the available and appropriate vehicles for constitutional litigation, develop an increased understanding of the content of our constitutional protections, and may increase your likelihood of obtaining a federal clerkship and a career in constitutional litigation.

  • What are Constitutional rights and remedies?

    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.

  • Integrated learning

    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. 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 program offers a full array of doctrinal courses as well as experiential learning opportunities in the Civil Rights Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and Externships, taught by full-time faculty and by adjunct professors drawn from the community of local practitioners. 

  • World-class faculty

    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. Our experienced faculty actively research, publish, lecture, litigate and work on 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.

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Certificate Requirements

Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program

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JD Certificate Program Goals

The Constitutional rights & remedies JD certificate program, helps you

  • Possess a thorough understanding of the substantive law defining constitutional rights
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of procedures governing their enforcement
  • Develop the lawyering skills necessary to effectively litigate these rights
  • Gain knowledge and appreciation of professional values and ethics that apply to litigation in this area of the law

Key Faculty Bios & Scholarship

 
Aviel

Rebecca Aviel

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Chen

Alan Chen

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