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
Affirmative Action Officer
Foreign Service Officer
International Development Coordinator
Public Affairs Coordinator
For general ideas based on majors you are considering, refer to What Can I Do With a Major In or for information about the majors, see Find Your Program. You can also use sites such as Occupational Outlook Handbook to research duties, projections, and salary by job title.
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:
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society
Undergraduate Political Science Association
Pi Sigma Alpha
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.
Finding opportunities to launch your career is a skill of its own. We also have tips for the search process for volunteering, internships, 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!
- Often, they have a section specifically for students to explore what people in the industry do, talk about, and take action on as well as to prepare with knowledge of the job titles, organizations, and thought leaders.
- Professional associations also have resources including specialized job boards and LinkedIn groups to help you find mentors, shadowing, informational interviews, or internships.
- They can help you achieve long-term career goals as well: polish your professional image by taking an active part in your industry’s association and then network at the professional development opportunities your association provides.