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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 LL.M. Grads Lead in South Africa

Twenty years since the birth of South Africa’s democracy, graduates of Notre Dame’s LL.M program in International Human Rights Law with the Center for Civil and Human Rights returned to Notre Dame to discuss their efforts to maintain and improve the country’s developing constitutionalism.

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Mon Aug 29, 2016

Mass Incarceration, Sentencing 'Reform' and the Coming Crime Wave


Location: 3140 Eck Hall of Law

Federalist Society hosts Bill Otis, adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, a one-time federal prosecutor, and a former Special White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush, in a discussion about Mass Incarceration, Sentencing ‘Reform’ and the Coming Crime Wave.

Originally published at law.nd.edu

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Fri Sep 16, 2016

Constitution Day


Location: 1130 Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Judge Amul Thapar

The Program on Constitutional Structure will host a Constitution Day lecture at NDLS with speaker Judge Amul Thapar, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Thapar joined the Court in 2008 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. He graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree and received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley.…

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