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Constitutional and Public Interest Law

Constitutional law is the foundation of our free society. It defines on the one hand the powers and limits of government and government officials, from the President in the Oval Office to the police officer on the beat, and on the other hand the rights of individuals, from the protections of free speech and religious liberty in the First Amendment, to the guarantees of due process and equal protection in the Fourteenth Amendment.

The Juris Doctor Program

OU Law offers future lawyers and leaders extensive opportunities to learn from faculty who have worked for Supreme Court justices, litigated constitutional law cases from trial courts to the high court, and written authoritative works in the field. In the first year, students take a survey course on the basic structure of our constitutional system and individual rights. Upper-level courses offer students deep dives into key areas of constitutional law as well as opportunities to engage in simulated constitutional litigation. Additionally, students may acquire invaluable hands-on experience through moot court competitions, externships with government agencies and civil rights organizations, and volunteer work with faculty engaged in pro bono litigation.

Learn more about the J.D. Program


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Stephen E. Henderson Judge Haskell A. Holloman Professor of Law

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Mithun Mansinghani Adjunct Professor

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M. Alexander Pearl Professor of Law

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Carla D. Pratt Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair in Civil Rights, Race and Justice

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Lindsay Robertson Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law

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Rick Tepker Professor of Law Emeritus

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Joseph Thai Glenn R. Watson Centennial Chair in Law

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