The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land, and constitutional lawyers focus on the law, relationships, and rights set forth by the U.S. and state constitutions. Practicing constitutional law puts you in a position to significantly impact the lives of many. Consider, for example, the impact of cases such as Gideon v. Wainwright (providing a right to court-appointed counsel for indigent criminal defendants accused of serious offenses) and Obergefell v. Hodges (legalization of same-sex marriage marriage).
Constitutional lawyers may focus on an area where they represent individuals’ rights, or they may advise political subdivisions in the exercise of their activities. Regardless, because of the broad range of constitutional rights and privileges—from the right to vote to public health emergency orders —constitutional law necessarily overlaps with many other areas of law, including Civil Rights and Anti-discrimination, Immigration, International, and Health law.
Constitutional law is heavily litigation oriented, and constitutional lawyers spend a significant amount of time researching, drafting motions and briefs, counseling clients, and appearing in court. In the private sector, constitutional lawyers are generally employed in a mid- to large law firm or a small specialty boutique firm, which may specialize in a certain area of constitutional law. In the public sector, there are some opportunities with many of the federal government agencies and their state counterparts. However, there are also public interest organizations that may provide employment opportunities, particularly with legislative work and impact litigation.
Courses designated as "primary" are foundational, while those listed as "secondary" contain relevant and related content. "Co-curricular" courses are credit-bearing extra-curricular activities, while "experiential" courses are practice-based offerings. Please keep in mind that the focus of any course will vary depending on the instructor.