Law + Government

Serve the Public Good

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Are you driven to improve your community? 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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Meet Your Counselor

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Maya Hargens

Career Counselor / Coordinator

Law + Government

How I Can Help

If you are looking for ways to work with people in the law and/or government realms, I can help you navigate your path. We can discuss whether law school is right for you, how to successfully apply to law school, how to find legal careers that don't require law school, and how to prepare yourself for a career in government. My expertise is rooted in industry insights from pre-law conferences, governmental research, and a proud passion for true crime podcasts and fictional television about FBI and CIA.

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Explore Grad School: Department of State

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.

Getting to Know Graduate Education

A graduate degree is not required to apply for the Department of State, however, having such a degree could increase your starting salary.

Because there are a variety of positions within the Department of State, there is not one specific graduate program to pursue. If you are considering attending graduate school, research the careers in the Department of State that interest you, and seek out areas of study that could be beneficial for those roles.​

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