HSLDA Online Academy | Constitutional Law by Michael Farris

Constitutional Law by Michael Farris

Classroom Teacher:  Peter Kamakawiwoole

Peter Kamakawiwoole, High School Classroom Teacher for Constitutional LawMaster Teacher

Peter Kamakawiwoole

JD, Saint Louis University
BA, Patrick Henry College

One of Dr. Farris’s finest Constitutional Law students, Peter is a Patrick Henry College alumnus. He and his partner were PHC's first ever Moot Court national champions. Peter earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and currently serves as a litigation attorney with the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Since 2011, Peter has been assisting HSLDA member families in Connecticut, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and his home state of Hawaii. Peter also assists homeschooling families who have encountered difficulties obtaining Social Security, veterans benefits, and other financial benefits on account of their decision to homeschool. He is also the lead instructor of PHC’s summer Constitutional Law Camp.

Peter and his wife have five children and are recent transplants to the Wild and Wonderful state of West Virginia. He has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

Classroom Teacher:  Ashlyn Roberts

Ashlyn Roberts, High School Classroom Teacher for Constitutional LawClassroom Teacher

Ashlyn Roberts

BA, Patrick Henry College

Ashlyn Roberts is a graduate of Patrick Henry College, where she competed on the national level in Mock Trial, British Parliamentary debate, and Moot Court, winning 2nd place at the National Moot Court Championship her senior year. Her passion for constitutional law is contagious.

As Dr. Farris’s student and, later, his personal assistant, Ashlyn has studied and helped to teach Constitutional Law under his tutelage. While working for Dr. Farris, she helped with legal research projects ranging from defending parental rights to exploring the influence of international law on American law. Her legal brief was recognized by the American Moot Court Association. Ashlyn was also the Associate Editor of the George Wythe Review for two years, which won the Frank Chodorov Award for the Best Undergraduate Journal of Letters from the Collegiate Network. Her other professional experience includes working in the office of a US Congressman, for a county supervisor, and as a political research assistant for WMAL's Larry O'Connor.

Ashlyn currently serves as the Assistant to the Academic Dean of Patrick Henry College, in addition to coaching PHC's Moot Court and Mock Trial teams. She will be attending law school this year.

Ashlyn and her husband Shane live in Northern Virginia and enjoy the many opportunities and adventures that come with living 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.

She has been with the Academy since 2016.

Dr. Mike Farris, developer of HSLDA Online Academy's Constitutional Law

Duration: One-semester course offered in fall and spring (16 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Early Registration Tuition (ends 6/12): $325 $350 for HSLDA Members/$375 $400 for non-members.    

Description: In Constitutional Law by Michael Farris, students learn about the foundations of the U.S. Constitution as well as study pivotal Supreme Court decisions affecting religious freedom, abortion, free speech, and judicial review.

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High School Constitutional Law by Michael Farris
Live Online Class Session Schedule
August 27, 2018 - December 14, 2018

January 7, 2019 - April 26, 2019

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Fall - Section is Open
Spring - Section is Open

Mondays, 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Mr. Peter Kamakawiwoole

Section 2
Fall - Section is Open
Spring - Section is Open

Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Mrs. Ashlyn Roberts

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

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  • What topics will I learn about in Constitutional Law?

    Constitutional Law by Michael Farris is the study of pivotal Supreme Court cases. In Constitutional Law, students will learn to understand our nation's founding documents, explore precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and tackle difficult questions about what the Founding Fathers really intended. Students will also build a foundation for evaluating future judicial decisions based on Supreme Court precedent. 

  • How much homework is in Constitutional Law?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-10 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • 2-4 chapters of reading
    • 2-4 DVD episodes
    • Quiz

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • Midterm exam and final exam
  • What books will I use in Constitutional Law?

    For Constitutional Law by Michael Farris, you will need the following items:

    Synopsis: Michael Farris’ DVD series and book provide an overview of Constitutional Law and our nation’s most important founding documents. Farris explains that, “If our government no longer faithfully adheres to the Constitution, ultimately the problem is that we are not doing our part as enlightened citizens; and when we find that the government’s current actions are out of step with the Constitution, it is our duty as citizens to act.” These materials explain the history of the Constitution, and teach students how to analyze relevant Supreme Court cases related to major issues affecting our nation today. 

    While these are the only two resources you need for the online course, you may be interested in additional resources, such as study guides, which can be found in the HSLDA bookstore.

    Please note: All course materials for Constitutional Law by Michael Farris are sold through the HSLDA bookstore.

    We work with MBS Direct to supply you with books for our other courses. You can order books for your other courses through the Academy's online bookstore.

  • Am I ready to take Constitutional Law?

    Constitutional Law by Michael Farris is a high school level course. Before enrolling, students should have a basic understanding of the American political system. In addition to rudimentary knowledge of the American government, students should also have good reading skills. 

    HSLDA Online Academy recommends that students should be entering 10th grade or higher before enrolling in Constitutional Law by Michael Farris. Adults are welcome to enroll in Constitutional Law at any age. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Constitutional Law?

    In Constitutional Law, students will participate in internet chat sessions every one to two weeks. 

    Scheduled real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will be placed in one section of Constitutional Law and will have the option to attend either live class time at their own convenience. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule. HSLDA Online Academy reserves the right to cancel one live class session time. 

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Constitutional Law class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is the tuition for Constitutional Law?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on one-semester high school courses!