Constitutional Law & Theory

Located just blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court, we are literally at the center of the country’s most engaging and often contentious constitutional debates.

Our constitutional law faculty exemplifies the school’s commitment to both theory and practice. Many faculty members have litigated constitutional cases, and a number have argued before the Supreme Court. Because of our location and international reputation, Georgetown Law also regularly hosts talks by Supreme Court justices.

Our curriculum addresses fundamental questions of constitutional theory, such as debates over originalism, the place of positive rights in the constitutional order, comparative constitutionalism and whether we owe allegiance to the Constitution at all. It also tackles more concrete questions, such as the scope of the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty, constitutional questions raised by post 9/11 surveillance and the scope of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause.