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Constitutional law is the study of individual civil rights and governmental powers established by the U.S. Constitution. It delves into the subjects of daily front-page news—from social justice and inequality to questions of individual privacy, judicial power, freedom of religion, legal history, race, and gender.

Constitutional law experts

The breadth of faculty expertise at Akron Law allows for study in a wide variety of constitutional law subjects. Our faculty are senior scholars who have engaged in deep analysis and prolific research on questions of constitutional import. Their practical experience as counsel to legislatures, courts, and executives, as well as civil rights plaintiffs allows them to convey the meaning of constitutional law both in theory and in practice.

Tracy A. Thomas, John F. Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Law Center | Bio

G. Kristen Barnes, Associate Professor of Law | Bio

Martin H. Belsky, Randolph Baxter Professor of Law | Bio

Bernadette Bollas Genetin, Professor of Law | Bio

Wilson R. Huhn, Distinguished Professor Emeritus | Bio

Brant T. Lee, Professor of Law | Bio

William Rich, Associate Professor of Law | Bio

Center for Constitutional Law

Akron Law’s Center for Constitutional Law established by Congress offers specialized guidance in this field through coursework, symposia, lectures, student fellowships, a student-edited journal, and guided research with affiliated faculty. It offers the opportunity to align your legal education and career path with your own interests in constitutional rights.

Student fellowships
2016-17 Student Fellows

The CCL sponsors Student Fellowships each academic year. Fellows engage in all aspects of the Center’s work including research, social media, conferences, lectures, and public education. They may also write individual directed research thesis papers with CCL faculty. Students have opportunities for individualized faculty mentorship in the field of constitutional law including work on special projects, co-authored papers, amicus briefs, and networking with faculty and alumni.

Student opportunities

Constitutional courses
  • Constitutional Law I-Powers
  • Constitutional Law II-Individual Liberties
  • Social Justice
  • First Amendment
  • Law and Religion
  • Feminist and Race Theory
  • Supreme Court Seminar
  • Federal Jurisdiction & Procedure
  • Election Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Prosecutorial Function
  • Administration of Criminal Justice
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Reentry Clinic
  • Externship in Con Law Placement