He is the namesake of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, an art gallery. Upon completion of his university studies, he was named a judge in Kiel. With the Allied victory in World World War II, Bucerius became a politician and journalist.
The British tasked him with the reorganization of the senate in Hamburg.
In 1949 he was elected as a deputy to the first post-war Bundestag. In 1946, with Lovis H. Lorenz, Richard Tüngel, and Ewald Schmidt di Simoni he created Die Zeit, with which they hoped to found a great newspaper for the north of Germany.
Even though the emblem of Bremen was placed on its cover by way of a logo, the newspaper"s city of origin was Hamburg. Hamburg refused the use of its city arms for the publication, and so those of another nearby municipality were used instead.
A member of the Christian Democratic Union, he retained his seat until 1962.