Constitutional Law and Legal History

Clinics

Students in the Appellate Litigation, First Amendment and Supreme Court Litigation clinics grapple with constitutional issues from real or potential litigation. These clinics often give students a firm grounding in issues they may tackle as clerks or as practicing attorneys.

Appellate Litigation Clinic
This yearlong clinic allows 12 students to engage in the hands-on practice of appellate litigation through actual cases before various federal circuit and/or state courts of appeals. The students are teamed up and assigned to handle primary responsibility for work on at least one appellate case during the course of the year. In addition, the students work together as a small law firm to provide secondary-level assistance to each other.

Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
Working in teams, students in this yearlong clinic handle actual cases, from seeking Supreme Court review to briefing on the merits. Students identify candidates for Supreme Court review; draft petitions for certiorari, amicus merits briefs and party merits briefs; and attend moots and Supreme Court arguments.

First Amendment Clinic
Run in conjunction with the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and the law firm Baker Hostetler, the yearlong First Amendment Clinic gives students practical legal experience involving timely free speech and press issues. Students work in teams to conduct legal research, meet with clients and co-counsel, and draft legal memoranda and briefs. Assignments typically involve appellate-level litigation, although there are occasional trial-level opportunities. Students also work on a variety of non-litigation projects, such as reviewing proposed municipal ordinances for potential First Amendment flaws.