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



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



You are invited to attend an information session by Melissa Martinez on U.S. State Department career opportunities and internships on Monday January 29 at 7:00 pm in W207 PBB.  Ms. Martinez will also be available that day  between 3:00 and 5:00 pm in C330 PC for informal visits.


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 ProgramYou 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:

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.

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.