Law & Public Service

  • Do you consider yourself to be ambitious, resilient, or optimistic? 
  • Are you interested in learning about developing public policy or addressing issues through governmental initiatives? 
  • Does it sound like fun to argue legal issues or lead a civic improvement project? 
  • Could you see yourself working for a city, state, or federal agency or non-profit organization?

Careers in this community focus on public affairs, politics, and serving the community.

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Sample Industries & Occupations

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Affirmative Action Officer



Campaign Manager

Community Organizer

Corrections Officer


Customs Officer

Demographics Analyst


Foreign Service Officer


Intelligence Agent

International Development Coordinator



Legal Assistant

Legislative Aide




Nonprofit Manager

Policy Analyst

Political Correspondent


Program Evaluator

Public Administrator

Public Affairs Coordinator

Research Associate

Trade Specialist



To research various UI majors, minors and certificates, visit Find Your Program

The Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net contain information on duties, education and training, pay and job outlook. 


Vault for UI Students -Click on "Guides" to view:

Vault's Nonprofit Career Guide

Vault's Legal Practice Area Guide

Vault -Click "Guides," then "Other Industries" to view:

Vault's Politics, Public Policy & Activism 

Vault's Public Safety Guide


Want to put your interests to good use? Join with other students who share them. Discover student organizations which relate to law and public service at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. You can browse the database by letter or search by keyword or name for locating student organizations.

Some examples of organizations that may be of interest are:

Sociology Club

Mock Trial

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society

Undergraduate Political Science Association

Pi Sigma Alpha

Amnesty International

UI Student Government

Student United Way

United Nations Association


If you don’t want to join a club or don’t have the time, you can find and activities events related to your interests via After Class.


Check out student employment, internships & post-graduation full-time jobs in, powered by Handshake.  Employers targeting University of Iowa students & alumni use this recruiting system to connect with you!


Finding opportunities to launch your career is a skill of its own.  We also have tips for the search process for volunteeringinternships, and jobs on other parts of our site and encourage you to make a career advising appointment. 



Professional organizations are a great way to explore, prepare, experience, and achieve your career interests and goals!

  • Explore - Learn what people in the industry do, talk about, and take action on
  • Prepare - Learn about job titles, companies, and organizational/thought leaders
  • Experience - Check out resources, including specialized job boards and LinkedIn groups to locate mentors and job shadowing/informational interview opportunities
  • Achieve - Polish your professional image by taking an active part in your industry’s association. Reach your goals through networking and the professional development opportunities your association provides.

Plus, professional associations often offer discounted memberships to students!