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.

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.

Law School

If your desired career path requires pursuing law school, below are some related resources with further information on pre-law advising, LSAT prep, financial aid options, and more.

Visit the ICC and Meet with an Advisor

For further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment. Our advising page has a list of all ICC advisors or you can review the list of undergraduate advisors below: