• Constitutional Law Research at Notre Dame

    Faculty engages foundational questions of constitutional structure.

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  • Notre Dame Program of Study in Public Law

    A foundational course of study for students interested in constitutional law.

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  • Two NDLS Grads Accept Supreme Court Clerkships

    This summer, two NDLS graduates, Ryan Snyder and Megan Dillhoff, will begin clerkships at the Supreme Court of the United States

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Welcome to the Program on Constitutional Structure

Anthony Bellia

Welcome to the Notre Dame Law School Program on Constitutional Structure. Our Program helps Notre Dame law students obtain a world-class education in constitutional law. We host events at our South Bend and London campuses to examine pressing constitutional questions of domestic and global importance. We serve federal and state courts by educating first-rate judicial law clerks, litigants, and other public servants.

Our mission is to advance inter-disciplinary learning about how sound constitutional structures of government advance individual well-being and the common good. We support curricular programs of study, sponsor academic lectures and conferences, and engage with questions of constitutional development worldwide. By promoting the study of constitutional structures, we serve the needs of our students, the broader academic community, and the bench and bar—here and abroad. Learn more here about our Program, including our students and faculty, our Public Law Program of Study, upcoming events, and faculty research. And then contact us and let us know if we can serve you.


Notre Dame Law Students Thrive in Summer Clerkships

This summer Notre Dame Law school students held over 50 federal and state summer clerkships or internships.  Twenty-seven students worked in federal clerkships, with the rest working in state or local clerkships.  Law students gained experience with judges throughout the country in district, circuit, appeals, trial, and bankruptcy courts.

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Professor Jeff Pojanowski Analyzes Statutory Interpretation and Common Law Tradition

In his new article,  Reading Statutes in the Common Law Tradition (forthcoming Virginia Law Review), Professor Jeff Pojanowski examines the role common law tradition plays in statutory interpretation.  Jurists and scholars concur that the common law points away from formalist interpretive approaches like textualism and toward a more creative, independent role for courts. Professor Pojanowski notes that they simply differ over whether the common law tradition is worth preserving. Contemporary debate offers a choice between continuing with common law tradition or formalist interpretation that breaks with that heritage. 

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Fri Oct 3, 2014

Judge Richard Leon will Speak at NDLS


Location: Eck Hall of Law Room 3140

Judge Richard Leon, United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia, will speak at Notre Dame Law School on October 3.

Co-sponsored by:  The Federalist Society and the Program on Constitutional Structure.

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Wed Oct 15, 2014

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski


Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will speak at Notre Dame Law School on October 15.

Co-sponsored by:  The Federalist Society and the Program on Constitutional Structure.

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