Election Law Career Guide

By Paul Hellyer
Updated November 2021

Harry Truman

Richard L. Hasen, The Voting Wars (2012).
Describes the increase in election litigation since the contested 2000 presidential election.
Publisher's Description
KF4886 .H39 2012 (Law Library 2nd Floor)

Charley Wells, Inside Bush v. Gore (2013).
"Inside Bush v. Gore presents the unique, candid, and compelling perspective of the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice who stood at the center of the storm. . . . He . . . offers an insider's view of judicial relationships, the frustrations of ambiguous election laws, the difficulties of separating the legalities from the politics, and the unsung yet critical role played by state court professionals." --From the book jacket.
Publisher's Description
E889 .W45 2013 (Law Library 2nd Floor)


Cara Bayles et al, From the Front Lines: The Attorneys Protecting This Election, Law360, Nov. 4, 2020
This article tells the stories of election law specialists and attorney volunteers on Election Day.

Jacqueline Bell & Cristina Violante, The Firms Cashing in This Election Season, Law360, Nov. 8, 2016.
Law360 takes a look at fees earned by law firms representing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jacqueline Bell & Cristina Violante, Pushing the Envelope: Why the Candidates' BigLaw Bills Keep Rising, Law360, Nov. 9, 2016.
This article focuses on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ryan Boysen, The BigLaw Attorneys Battling Over an Undecided Election, Law360, Nov. 4, 2020.
Describes the work that several large law firms are doing for the November 2020 election, including Porter Wright, Jones Day, and Perkins Coie.

Carla J. Develder, Election Law: Careers at the Intersection of Law and Politics, Student Lawyer, Oct. 2012, at 14.
Outlines the work that election lawyers do and offers tips on how to enter this field.

Jenna Greene, With Tensions High, Election Lawyers Line Up Behind the Candidates, American Lawyer, Nov. 7, 2016.
Focuses on the 2016 federal election and compares the legal teams for the Trump and Clinton campaigns.

Dylan Jackson & Dan Roe, Election Law: A Booming Business, National Law Journal, Nov. 1, 2021.
Discusses how election law has transformed from a small niche to a full-blown practice area.

Liane Jackson, Keeping It Fair: Campaigns Count on Political Lawyers to Get the Vote Right, ABA Journal, March 2019, at 9.
Describes the work of election lawyers in the 2018 midterm elections.

Cheryl Miller, A Glimpse Into Election Year Legal Work, The Recorder (California), June 3, 2016.
An interview with Richard Rios, president of the California Political Attorneys Association.

Stefan Passantino, New Challenges and Trends Facing Election and Political Lawyers and Their Clients, Aspatore, June 2014.
A partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge provides an in-depth view of his firm's work in this practice area.

David G. Savage, Army of Lawyers Is Ready, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2016.
Describes the work that lawyers did for the 2016 federal election.

Mark Sherman, Election Day 2020: Lawyers on Standby If Cloudy Election Outcome Heads to Court, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nov. 3, 2020.
An overview of election lawyers' work on 2020 election disputes.

John Hardin Young & Elizabeth F. Getman, Election Law, GP Solo, March/April 2013.
A detailed look at the work that election lawyers typically do. Explains how election law differs from most other practice areas.

Websites & Organizations

Election Law Blog
A blog from Richard L. Hasen, professor at Loyola Law School and expert in the area of election law.

Election Law@Moritz
This site from Moritz College of Law (Ohio State University) features news, opinion and analysis.

Election Law Program
This Web site, a joint venture of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts, provides information on election law and election-related litigation.  It includes video lectures from law professors, an election law manual, and a list of suggested reading.

News, resources, events, and job listings related to elections and election law.

Republican National Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 18965
Washington DC 20036
The RNLA provides seminars on election law, coordinates lawyer volunteer activities during elections, and offers networking opportunities. Their website includes a directory of members who practice election law.  Students may join with a student membership.

William & Mary's Election Law Society
"Founded in 2006, the Election Law Society is a multipartisan student organization dedicated to studying the legal issues raised through the American electoral process. . . . The Election Law Society exists to help law students better understand election law issues through an open and honest dialogue about their origins and impacts."  --From the website

Photo:  Associated Press