Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger studied law in Göttingen and Bielefeld. After passing the first state exam in 1975 she passed the second state exam in 1978.
From 1979 to 1990, Mrs. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger worked at the German Patent Office in Munich. When she left the organization she was Managing Director.
In 1990, she was elected as a Member of the German Bundestag for the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Two years later she was sworn in as Federal Minister of
Justice. In 1996 she resigned from this office and focused on her work as a Member of the German Bundestag after a broad public discussion about the invulnerability of
the private domain by means of acoustic observation through the state and the decision of the governing coalition to extend the state’s right to interfere in citizens’ private domain. She was spokeswoman on legal policy for the FDP parliamentary group and served twice as Deputy Chairwoman of the FDP parliamentary group from 2001 to 2002 and from 2005 to 2009. She was again Federal Minister for Justice from 2009 to 2013. On state level, she was the FDP chairwoman for Bavaria from 2000 to 2013. On the federal level she was member of the FDP Steering Committee from 1992 to 2013, she left the committee as vice-chairperson.
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is Member of the Executive Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom since 2014.