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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.


In Memoriam: Judge Thomas William (“Tom”) O’Toole

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By Nell Jessup Newton, Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law

I am very sorry to announce that one of our most cherished alumni, Judge Tom O’Toole, passed away on October 13, 2016.

A member of the NDLS Advisory Council since 2011, Tom and his wife Elaine generously endowed the O’Toole Professorship of Constitutional Law, a chair now held by Professor A.J. Bellia. Tom’s generosity went beyond financial support to include the kind of advice and wise counsel that are so important to the functioning of a great law school.…

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Tue Oct 25, 2016

Faculty Colloquium - Andrea Pin


Location: 3140 Eck Hall of Law

Andrea Pin, University of Padua and visiting adjunct, will present his paper “Lawyer-Made Law?: A Comparative Perspective on Stare Decisis and the Contribution of the Legal Profession.”


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Thu Oct 27, 2016

Common Good and Private Goods


Location: 1140 Eck Hall of Law

Fr. Dominic Legge, Instructor in Systematic Theology at the Dominican House of Studies, will present “Common Good and Private Goods.”

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