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Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Certificate Requirements

The Drake Constitutional Law Center is one of only four constitutional law programs established by the U.S. Congress. This certificate program builds on Drake Law School longstanding commitment to research and symposia in these areas through the Drake Constitutional Law Center. Students take 21 credits of coursework. For more information, contact Professor Kende.

Students must take 21 hours from the courses below.

Required Courses:

  • Constitutional Law I - 3 credits
  • Constitutional Law II - 3 credits
  • Required Electives – 9 credits (3 credits must come from the “practice” group, 3 credits must come from a “core” group, and the remaining credits must come from either group)

Practice Group Courses

  • Constitutional Litigation - 3 credits
  • Criminal Motions Practicum - 3 credits
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation - 3 credits
  • Remedies - 3 credits
  • Federal Courts and Jurisdiction - 3 credits

Core Group Courses

  • Civil Rights - 3 credits
  • Comparative Constitutional Law - 3 credits  
  • Constitutional Theory - 2 credits
  • First Amendment Seminar - 3 credits
  • Separatist Movements - 3 credits
  • Sexuality and the Law - 3 credits
  • Women and the Law - 2 credits

Advanced Writing

Student must fulfill their Advanced Writing Requirement in this area either through one of the Required Courses or by doing an Independent Study.

Optional Electives – 6 credits

  • Administrative Law - 3 credits
  • Children and the Law - 3 credits
  • Civil Rights*- 3 credits
  • Comparative Constitutional Law*- 3 credits 
  • Constitutional Litigation*- 3 credits 
  • Constitutional Theory*- 2 credits 
  • Criminal Motions Practicum*- 3 credits
  • Criminal Practice/Procedure I - 3 credits 
  • Death Penalty*- 2 credits
  • Education Law - 2 credits 
  • Election Law - 2 credits
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation*- 3 credits
  • Federal Courts and Jurisdiction - 3 credits
  • First Amendment Seminar*- 3 credits 
  • International Human Rights*- 3 credits 
  • Mass Media Law - 3 credits
  • Remedies - 3 credits
  • Sexuality and the Law*- 3 credits
  • Separatist Movements - 3 credits
  • State and Local Government - 3 credits
  • Women and the Law*- 2 credits 
* indicates advanced writing is available in this course

Summer Institute courses - 6 credits

  • Elements of the Law - 2 credits
  • Other Summer Constitutional Law Institute offerings

Other Relevant Offerings

These may count when there is significant constitutional work involved as determined by the Consitutional Law Center Director.
  • Internship 
  • Moot Court - National Competition - 2 credits
  • Children’s Rights Clinic - 4-6 credits
  • IOLTA Poverty Law Clinic -3 credits
  • Criminal Defense Clinic - 4-6 credits
 

 
Last Modified: 10/1/2014 3:22:00 PM by Krista Magill