From Separation of Powers to Civil Rights: Constitutional Law in Action
The U.S. Constitution was written in 1787—over 200 years ago—yet it continues to have a considerable impact on life in America today. Constitutional Law addresses foundational questions at the core of our democracy and at the heart of some of the most significant and personal aspects of our lives. What are the powers and limitations of the executive, judiciary, and legislative branches of the federal government? What individual rights are guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments? When is someone accused of a crime entitled to a jury trial—or even a lawyer? Students can gain practical legal experience in this area by participating in clinics and partnering with lawyers involved with impact litigation and policy reform at the local, state, and national levels through externships and pro bono work. Whether you dream of becoming a civil rights attorney or influencing public policy, our Constitutional Law program will provide you with invaluable skills and unparalleled opportunities that will shape your legal career for years to come.
“After studying Constitutional law with Professor Corbin, I learned about equal protection under Title VI; I wanted to see how discrimination is actually found based on real life facts.”
Tiffany Hendricks, J.D. ‘15
Labor & Employment Associate Attorney, Akerman LLP
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Children & Youth Law Clinic
Civil Rights Practicum
Criminal Justice Policy Reform Practicum
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Practicum
Death Penalty Practicum
Health Rights Clinic
Human Rights Clinic
Courses* & Concentrations
Advanced Appellate Advocacy I and II
|Litigation Skills I - Criminal
Litigation Skills II - Advanced Criminal
Media & Entertainment Law in the Digital Age
Migration and Immigration Policy and Law Reform
Race & Class in American Public Education
Real Property and Government
Second Amendment Fundamentalism Seminar
Securitization of Real Estate
Removal and Asylum
Search and Seizure
Selected Problems in Criminal Law and Procedure
Sexuality, Gender Identity and the Law
Social Media & the Law
Social Justice Lawyering
Substantive Criminal Law
Takings Law and Legislation
Topics in Citizenship and Immigration Policy
Torture and the Law
Vimeo, Twitter, & YouTube: Online Liability & Net Neutrality (FKA Social Media & Online Liability)
Voting Rights and Election Law Seminar
Wetland Regulation and Real Property
Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Remedies
"We rely on constitutional law, international human rights, federal and state law to support our arguments that the Supreme Court should adopt a rule that guarantees that children have a meaningful opportunity to be heard in our state dependency courts."
Professor Bernard Perlmutter
Director, Children and Youth Law Clinic
American Constitution Society
American Civil Liberties Union-UM (ACLU-UM)
Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board
Democratic Law Student Association
HOPE Public Interest Resource Center
Miami STREET Law Program
National Lawyers’ Guild (NLG)
Republican Law Student Association
Leipzig-Miami Exchange Program – in this scholarly exchange of ideas between students and faculty from Miami Law and the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany students learn about both countries' public and private international law systems.
“The Leipzig Exchange Program offers a unique opportunity for students to break out of the parochial confines of U.S. law and practice and learn how a fellow federal constitutional republic tackles some of the biggest legal issues in the 21st century.”
(Pictured right) Romney Maron Manassa, J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration '20
University of Miami Law Review
Inter-American Law Review
International and Comparative Law Review
Race & Social Justice Law Review
"The relentless attacks on women's health are becoming more extreme every legislative session and I'm excited to have the opportunity to combine my public health background with my legal skills to work on an issue I am so passionate about."
Charlotte Cassel, J.D. ‘14
Director of Strategic Partnerships at Health Information Project (HIP), Inc.
Ricardo J. Bascuas: expert in evidence, criminal procedure, international criminal law
Caroline Bettinger-López: scholarship, practice, and teaching concern international human rights law and policy advocacy, violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants’ rights, and clinical legal education.
Sergio Campos: teaches in the areas of civil procedure and litigation, federal courts, class actions, and remedies
Donna K. Coker: teaches in the areas of criminal law, gender and inequality; teaches Evidence which has elements of Constitutional Law weaved into it via the Confrontation Clause
Charlton Copeland: served as a law clerk to Justices Richard J. Goldstone and Catherine O'Regan of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. His research interests include comparative constitutional law.
Caroline Mala Corbin: scholarship focuses on the First Amendment’s speech and religion clauses, particularly their intersection with equality issues.
Marc Fajer: expert in eminent domain; has taught property, elements, antitrust law, American legal history, constitutional law, housing discrimination, and identity politics and law
Zanita Fenton: teaches courses in Family Law, Torts, Race and the Law, Constitutional Law, and seminars on Critical Race Feminism and Women and the Law Stories
Mary Anne Franks: expert in criminal law, criminal procedure, discrimination, free speech, cyberlaw, law and gender
Christina M. Frohock: teaches courses on Guantánamo legal issues and legal communication and research
A. Michael Froomkin: globally regarded as a leading expert on Internet law including the Internet's international implications and its governance
Patrick O. Gudridge: teaches United States constitutional law
Frances R. Hill: expert on cross-border transactions and cross-border philanthropy
Elizabeth M. Iglesias: teaches International Criminal Law and International Economic Law
Donald M. Jones: teaches in the areas of criminal procedure, constitutional law, employment discrimination
Tamara Rice Lave: teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, punishment, sex offender legislation
Keith Rosenn: has taught courses in constitutional law, comparative law, Latin American law
Stephen J. Schnably: expert in civil rights litigation to protect the constitutional rights of homeless persons
Irwin P. Stotzky: expert on constitutional law and human rights
Scott E. Sundby: teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law
Francisco Valdes: co-founder of the LatCrit movement, has also taught Comparative Law
Louis Henkin Lecture Series on Human Rights - Miami Law’s lecture series on human rights is named in honor of the late Louis Henkin, a prominent law professor at Columbia University who was one of the founders of the academic study of human rights and who helped educate a whole generation of human rights lawyers, scholars, and activists, including some Miami Law professors.
Public Interest Lecture Series - These lectures take place in a small-group setting with dynamic and accomplished alumni and faculty who have either dedicated themselves to public interest law or have made a commitment to pro bono work in their private practice and teaching careers. These informal roundtable luncheons allow students to share their aspirations, ask questions and learn about the myriad opportunities in public service and public interest law.
Immigration Speaker Series - The Immigration Clinic organizes lectures relating to Immigration Law. In the past, these presentations have included Roxana Bacon former chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Esther Olavarria of the Department of Homeland Security, and Lee Gelernt and Judy Rabinovitz of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Determine what moves you and take that next step outside your zone of comfort. Try something new. If someone says something homophobic, speak up. Help change the world…You’ll be so happy that you did.”
Patricia Ireland, J.D. ‘75
Former President, National Organization for Women
Of Counsel, Labor Law, Philips, Richard & Rind P.A.
Sampling of Past Internships / Externships
American Civil Liberties Union (Atlanta, GA)
Americans for Immigrant Justice
Capital Appeals Project (New Orleans, LA)
Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (Washington, DC)
Center for Reproductive Rights (New York, NY)
Children's Law Center (Washington, DC)
Department of Homeland Security
FairVote (Washington, DC)
Federal Communications Commission
Lambda Legal (New York, NY)
Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office (Miami, FL)
Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office (Miami, FL)
Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council (Washington, DC)
National Women’s Law Center-NWCL (Washington, DC)
The Arc National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (Washington, DC)
The Legal Aid Society (Bronx, NY)
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (Atlanta, Georgia)
*Lists courses currently or recently offered in this area, but this list is not exhaustive nor does it set out a path of study.