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Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Certificate

The Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Certificate builds on Drake Law School's long-standing commitment to research and symposia in the areas of constitutional law.

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See Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Certificate Learning Outcomes.


To complete the Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Certificate, students must take 21 hours from the courses below.

Required Courses

Constitutional Law I (3 credits)
Constitutional Law II (3 credits)

Required Electives

Minimum of 3 courses - 1 from the Practice Group, 1 from the Core Group, and 1 from either group:

Practice Group Courses
Constitutional Litigation (2-3 credits)
Criminal Motions Practicum (3 credits)
Employment Law (2 credits)
Federal Courts and Jurisdiction (3 credits)

Core Group Courses
Advanced Constitutional Law and Interpretation (2 credits)
Comparative Constitutional Law (2-3 credits)
Constitutional Controversies (1-2 credits)
Constitutional History (3 credits)
First Amendment Seminar (3 credits)
State Constitutional Law (3 credits)
Women and the Law (2 credits)

Advanced Writing

Students must fulfill their Advanced Writing Requirement in this area, either through one of the Required Electives or by doing an independent study.

Optional Electives

Administrative Law (3 credits)
Children and the Law (2-3 credits)
Criminal Procedure - Investigation (3 credits)
Election Law (2 credits)
Family Law (2 credits)
Immigration Law (3 credits)
International Human Rights (3 credits) 
Justice Reform and Innovation (2 credits)
Race and the Constitution (2 credits)
Race, Law and Social Change (2 credits)
State and Local Government (3 credits) 

Other Relevant Offerings

Credits may count when there is significant constitutional work involved, as determined by the program director.

Moot Court – National Competition (2 credits)
Children’s Rights Clinic (4-6 credits)
Criminal Defense Clinic (4-6 credits)
Public Service Law Fellowship (Summer - no credit)

For more information, see Drake Law School's course descriptions.

Program Director:

Mark Kende, Director of the Constitutional Law Center; James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law; Professor of Law
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