• Many people think of constitutional lawyers as ivory tower academics who often come across more as legal philosophers than practicing attorneys. While there is a kernel of truth to this stereotype, as practitioners of constitutional law tend to gravitate to more weighty issues, there are many job opportunities outside of academia for constitutional lawyers. Some constitutional lawyers become judges, the federal government itself hires a bevy of constitutional lawyers, and many policy institutes and think tanks also hire constitutional lawyers to work on crafting public policy and support lobbying or public education efforts.

    1. Earn a bachelor's degree in history, political science or any major involving research and analytical thinking. An undergraduate degree is required for admission to law school.
    2. Enroll in law school. Law school is a rigorous three-year program where you learn about constitutional law, contract law, property law, civil law, criminal law and legal writing. Make sure to take all of the administrative law, constitutional law and public policy courses offered at your law school.
    3. Apply for constitutional law internships after your second year of law school. Constitutional law internships are quite competitive, so make sure you keep a high grade-point average and work hard at developing your personal and professional networks.
    4. Take and pass the bar exam in your state. The bar exam is a comprehensive exam covering all aspects of law that all lawyers must pass to practice in that state. Bar exams include questions on constitutional law.
    5. Apply for constitutional law-related legal positions in your area. Large public policy institutes and think tanks, as well as state and federal government agencies, hire constitutional lawyers.

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