Public Law Program of Study
Sound public law is crucial for individual well-being and the common good. The Law School strongly supports its study through extensive curricular offerings taught by world-class faculty.
The Notre Dame Law School has developed several “Programs of Study” to help students pursue their interests in particular fields of law. The Program on Constitutional Structure has helped the Law School design a program of study for students interested in constitutional law—the Program of Study in Public Law.
Public law generally refers to law regulating the structure of government and the relationships among governments, individuals, and foreign nations. Sound public law is crucial for individual well-being and the common good. Accordingly, the Law School strongly supports its study through extensive curricular offerings taught by world-class faculty. Students interested in public law should take courses, foundational and advanced, in (1) government structure and processes, (2) individual rights within governing structures, and (3) particular fields of public regulation. In addition, students should seriously consider pursuing an externship in a government legal department, regulatory agency, or judicial chambers. Finally, students should develop other knowledge and skills essential for work in an array of legal fields.
The Program of Study in Public Law provides a foundational course of study for students interested in government lawyering, judicial clerkships, criminal justice, constitutional litigation, administrative regulation and adjudication, public policy, and many other public law fields.