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Post by CS1775 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:05 am

Say someone really enjoys constitutional law. How does someone specialize in it and practice in the field?

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Re: ConLaw

Post by Hennessy » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:41 pm

become a professor of constitutional law

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Re: ConLaw

Post by Nony » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:43 pm

Criminal involves a ton of con law, actually.

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Re: ConLaw

Post by ymmv » Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:45 pm

Depending how broadly you define con law, virtually any civil or criminal lit practice will wind up touching on it at various points. At a big firm probably the most direct path to working on Bill of Rights type issues is going to be through pro bono, if that’s what you’re referring to (though like nony said crim stuff in general is especially heavy on it). Nonprofit orgs like the ACLU do first amendment all day. Regulatory practices and cases involve tons of technically constitutional agency deference issues, for example.

No one “specializes” in “the whole constitution” except maybe niche Supreme Court appellate practices.

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Re: ConLaw

Post by BlendedUnicorn » Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:54 pm

It's generally background in litigation type stuff. Like federal or state rules of evidence aren't really ConLaw, but the Confrontation Clause looms over a lot of potential disputes. Or you'll have a Miranda issue in a criminal case but also a ton of other issues. You're probably more likely to spend more time on constitutional issues in any sort of appellate practice, because at the trial court level they're usually a small part of a much broader picture.

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Re: ConLaw

Post by Alpha » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:58 pm

My guess was going to be crim law (scooped by Nony), with a specialty in appellate criminal practice/procedure. I can't think of any other even vaguely recognized niche practice group that would argue purely constitutional law issues as much as that.

Obviously, there is probably someone out there that handles pure con law issues for a big firm or something, like a one-person specialist, but nothing like a practice group or something a young associate could primarily focus on in general lit practice.

Ohh - also, yeah, advocacy work at a non-profit either as a a job or pro bono may also get you there (acknowledging ymmv's solid contribution above).

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Re: ConLaw

Post by Adso » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:28 pm

Criminal law, particularly criminal defense, and more so if you do both state and federal work. I only have a few years experience and have argued so much con law, not just search and seizure but prisoner rights, immigration rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, cruel and unusual punishment (a loser, but hey), and a whole slew of due process violations. If you love con law you can't go wrong practicing criminal law.

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Re: ConLaw

Post by Nebby » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:20 pm

Not reading rest of thread (sorry if this was already said): State Solicitor General offices. They generally handle all con law cases involving challenges to state law.

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