The Fowler School of Law Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic provides students with an opportunity to earn 3 units of clinical class credit conducting research, drafting discovery requests, preparing draft summary judgment motions and appellate briefs, attending hearings, and even preparing briefs for filing with the Supreme Court of the United States. The clinic has for the past decade provided students with the opportunity to learn about the original understanding of the Constitution, and to put those lessons into practice by crafting arguments to the United States Supreme Court. Through its affiliation with the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, the clinic has offered students the unique opportunity to participate in high profile cases and to understand how the Constitution was intended to protect individual liberty.
The Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic is recognized as one of the most influential advocates in the nation in terms of convincing the United States Supreme Court to grant review. Moreover, students participating in clinic work have a real opportunity to influence public policy in a positive way – arguing that the courts should adhere to the original understanding of the Constitution and founding principles.
Most significantly, the clinic briefs have been cited by appellate judges and Supreme Court Justices in their opinions. Justice Thomas cited the clinic’s brief on behalf of the CCJ in his dissenting opinion in Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, __ U.S. __; 133 S.Ct. 2247, 2266 (2013) (Thomas, J. dissenting). The clinic’s brief in another case was cited by Ninth Circuit Judge N. R. Smith in his dissent in American Trucking Associations v. City of Los Angeles, 660 F.3d 384, 412 (9th Cir. 2011) (N.R. Smith, dissenting).