Law + Government

Serve the Public Good

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Are you driven to defend or change our laws? You’re not alone.

The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the amount of people who work in areas of Law + Government. Over 22 million people, or 16.7% of the U.S. workforce, work in federal, state, and local governments, over 1.3 million lawyers practice within the United States, and close to 300,000 individuals work as paralegals or legal assistants. 

With so many people working together to build society at its core, opportunities are prime for Gauchos looking to make a difference. Careers in Law + Government share some similarities and a few key differences--learn how you can join the movement of public servants and prepare yourself for a successful future.



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Explore Grad School: Law + Government

For complete information on graduate school search strategies and the application process, review our starter tips to Explore Grad School in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.


Graduate school might feel like a natural progression after spending so much time as a student, but not all legal and governmental jobs require a graduate degree, at least not right away. Review positions of interest to you and then determine if a graduate degree is necessary for your career goals. Below are some popular graduate degrees that students interested in law and government might pursue.

  • Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a professional degree that provides training in policy analysis and program evaluation.
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares folks in the public sector to serve in leadership roles, such as managers, executives, and policy analysts in a myriad of governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and nonprofit entities.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) is a professional degree in law. See the Legal Practice Career Guide for details about law school and obtaining your law degree.

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