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This week’s podcast discusses the practice of Constitutional Law. On the program we will hear from William H. “Chip” Mellor, co-founder, President, and General Counsel of the Institute for Justice, and Jeremy Hessler, a 3L at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.
Chip Mellor, President and General Counsel for the Institute for Justice, suggests that students who are interested in this area of the law should know it comes with hard practice but great reward. He goes on to say that students should ask themselves why they want to practice constitutional law because it needs to be rewarding on a deep level in order for a constitutional law attorney to be truly successful. Mellor also points out that a constitutional lawyer is much more than simply an attorney-they are also a legal historian and strategist.
Jeremy Hessler, a 3L at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, says that, although he didn’t have much knowledge of constitutional law before attending law school, what he has learned in school has definitely piqued his interest. Hessler goes on to say that students interested in constitutional law shouldn’t just limit themselves to constitutional law classes—they should also take courses in any other subjects that they find interesting, as other areas of the law are all rooted in constitutional law. Finally, Hessler credits his growing interest in constitutional law to the Constitutional Law Quarterly at UC Hastings, and advises undergraduate students who may be interested in this path to take classes in political science, history, and U.S. government.
William H. “Chip” Mellor – President and General Counsel for the Institute for Justice
Jeremy Hessler – 3L at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly