Originally Posted by mr_economy
Anyone here do work in constitutional law?
That's my passion, my interest. Has been ever since I took two semesters of conlaw as an undergrad. The "prof" wasn't a prof at all, but a lecturer with a JD who formerly worked for BigLaw in St. Louis. She told us from day one she would be teaching the class like a law school one, and she wasn't kidding - Socratic Method, law briefs, reading 150 pages of cases a week - it was intense, and I loved every minute of it.
But is there any money to be made in conlaw? I don't want to live the BigLaw life. I want to do public service work. My biggest concern would be finding a school with connections (court clerkships and such) that I could also afford to pay for with a public law salary.
If your passion is ConLaw, accept the fact that you will not make a lot of money after you graduate. But, you can still make a decent living working for the DOJ, the ACLU, or clerking somewhere. So, your priority is to get into the best law school you can afford. If you go to a public school, it's going to be cheaper than a private school. But, you may be limited to the state that you reside in. Obviously, if you can get a big scholarship and financial aid to a private school, it would make it less costly for you to go to a public school.
In short, ConLaw is not the field that pays. If you're passionate about it, it will make your life more enjoyable even if you can't afford most of the stuff your corporate counterpart makes.