Law and Public Policy

The field of law provides a wide range of career opportunities. Opportunities can include law enforcement, lawyer/attorney, paralegal and legal assistant, judge and hearing officer, court reporter, arbitrator, mediator and conciliator.

Public Policy involves the origin, development, and operation of political systems. People in public policy careers research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues. Careers in this field include city, county, state, and federal arenas.

People in law and public policy can work in the following industries:

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Agricultural
  • Automotive/Transportation
  • Biotech/Pharmaceuticals
  • Computer Software
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Financial Services
  • Food/Beverage/Wine
  • Government – Federal
  • Government – State
  • Government – Local
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Law
  • Leisure/Travel
  • Media – Entertainment/Print/TV/Radio
  • Non-Profit and Social Services
  • Parks
  • Private Sector
  • Real Estate
  • Research
  • Retail and Wholesale Trade
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
  • Wildlife/Fisheries

Some possible job titles in law include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Case Manager
  • Clerk
  • Conciliator
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Contract Administrator
  • Contract Analyst
  • Contract Drafting Legal Specialist
  • Copy Center Professional
  • Corrections Officer
  • Counselor
  • Court Advocate
  • Court Messenger
  • Court Reporter
  • Court Representative
  • Court Transcriptionist
  • Document Coder
  • E-discovery Specialist
  • File Clerk
  • Judge
  • Jury Consultant
  • Law Firm Administrator
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aide/Assistant
  • Legal Analyst
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Legal Records Manager
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Services Director
  • Litigation Docket Manager
  • Litigation Support Director
  • Magistrate
  • Mailroom Personnel
  • Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Regulatory Affairs Director
  • Right of Way Agent
  • Software Consultant
  • Trial Consultant

Some possible job titles in public policy include:

  • Administrators
  • Advertising Media Planner
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Business Developer
  • Campaign Manager
  • Campaign Support Staff
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Congressional Aids
  • Corrections Officer
  • County/City Officials
  • Federal Judicial Clerk
  • Foreign Service Agent
  • Instructors
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Rights Activist
  • Lawyer
  • Police Office
  • Political Analyst
  • Political Candidate
  • Press Secretary Reporter
  • Professors
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Assistants
  • Staff
  • State Executive Office Staff
  • State Legislative Staff
  • State Representatives
  • Teachers

Areas of Interest

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information about career options in legal fields and political science.

Major Information

To find out where fellow Aggies interned and found employment by major, use the ICC data pages.

Campus Organizations

Student organizations are a great place to connect with others exploring similar career interests. Use the keyword search in the Center for Student Involvement’s OrgSync database to find student organizations that relate to your interests.

Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral scholars can participate in and take on leadership roles in campus organizations such as the Graduate Student Association, Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board and the Postdoctoral Scholar’s Association.

Professional Associations

Joining professional associations related to the industry you are interested in provides access to professionals in the field, and networking opportunities which can lead to potential jobs and internships. Many national associations have state and local chapters you can join. Involvement in associations can also provide you insider updates on industry trends and best practices. One of the best ways to identify relevant associations is to search for them online.

Visit the ICC

If you need further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment.