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  • Rendering of Howard Chandler Christy's painting, "Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States."

Constitutional Law Center

The University of South Carolina’s Constitutional Law Center researches issues of public interest and brings South Carolina Law’s expertise in constitutional law into public school classrooms, enhancing students’ civics and historical knowledge of the founding principles of the United States.

Under the direction of Prof. Derek W. Black, the Ernest F. Hollings Chair in Constitutional Law, the center supports its mission through a variety of activities, including:

  • Researching and publishing materials on pressing constitutional issues.
  • Developing resources directly relevant to the classroom instruction that teachers will deliver to their students. While materials will be available to any educator, they will be most pertinent to social studies, American Government, and American History teachers, particularly on topics related to the Constitution of the United States and civics.
  • Offering training, support, and professional development opportunities to enrich teachers’ classroom instruction in areas related to constitutional law.
  • Hosting programming and events open to teachers, faculty, bar associations, media, and the public on relevant topics that generally promote and strengthen civic engagement in our society.


Legal Fellows

The center employs legal fellows, whose responsibilities will include conducting research, drafting relevant materials, outreaching to and coordinating with the Center’s partners and constituents, and providing technical support and training to teachers. 


Current Research

The center is investigating whether public education funding gaps were intentionally written into state constitutions to circumvent the Fourteenth Amendment’s requirement of equal protection. Funding for the project comes from a grant through the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

Banner image photo credit: Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy. Public Domain.

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