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Was Joe Biden a lawyer?

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President Joe Biden wasn't always a career politician. Initially, he was a lawyer.

Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and received a J.D. from Syracuse University School of Law in 1968, finishing 76th in his class of 85 students.

Admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1969, Biden briefly worked at a corporate law firm but left to serve as a public defender in Delaware, where the majority of at the time were African Americans from Wilmington.

A member of the Democratic Party, Biden was elected to the in 1970 and became the seventh-youngest senator in American history when he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Delaware in 1972, at the age of 29, and has not practiced law since.

Vice President Joe Biden participates in a roundtable discussion at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine and Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 15, 2016.

In 1991, Biden became an adjunct professor at Widener University Delaware Law School. He occasionally taught constitutional law courses but was .

Joe Biden served as Vice President of the United States from January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as President, until January 20, 2017.

After retiring from the vice presidency, Biden was appointed the Benjamin Franklin's Presidential Professor of the Practice at the between his tenure as vice president and the start of his presidential campaign.

According to the he has released, Biden received more than $900,000 from the university for holding the position between 2017 and 2019 according to the Austin American-Statesman. His post "involved no regular classes and around a dozen public appearances on campus, mostly in big, ticketed events," the Philadelphia Inquirer .

Victor Hagan is the Alabama Election Reporting Fellow for the 鶹ý Network. He can be reached at vhagan@gannett.com or on X @TheVictorHagan. To support his work, subscribe to the Advertiser.

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