Government & Law

This Career Community is focused on the many different areas students can pursue in the fields of government and law. Browse blogs for career advice, look at resources for job and internship leads and watch videos profiling unique roles and occupations.

    View a sample of professional titles related to this major

    Visit My Next Move to browse for government-related occupations by keyword or industry.

    • Actors, musicians and singers
    • Agricultural Inspectors
    • Archivists
    • Attorneys
    • Court & Municipal Clerks
    • Criminal Investigators
    • Fish & Game Wardens
    • Historians
    • Judges
    • Legislators
    • Park Naturalists & Foresters
    • Police Officers
    • Sociologist
    • Tax Examiners
    • Urban & Regional Planners

    Need help exploring your career options? Take the Focus 2 assessment to search for occupations that fit with your interests, values, skills, and personality. Then speak with a Career Specialist about the results.

    Check out government-related MU majors, minors and certificates

    Please visit Majors@Mizzou and browse this site by career interests, occupation and by School or College. Remember, these are just a few examples of degree programs. A wide variety of MU majors can lead to a successful and satisfying career in government and law.

    • Architectural Studies
    • Constitutional Democracy
    • English
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Economics
    • General Studies
    • Geography
    • History
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Natural Resources Science and Management
    • International Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Public Administration
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology

    Another helpful tool is the What Can I Do With This Major site where you can connect academic majors to common career paths and see typical employers that hire those majors.

    Learn how to have career conversations to find possible career paths 
    • Arrange an informational interview, learning about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you.
    • Seek out mentors by making meaningful connections with upperclassmen, faculty, staff and alumni. 
    Discover the unique career paths of fellow Tigers
    • Use LinkedIn to see what thousands of Mizzou alumni are doing with their degrees.
    • Explore the Career Outcomes web page to see what recent MU graduates are doing and where they are living.


What Does a Day in the Life of a Paralegal Look Like?

From drafting correspondence to performing legal research, the life of a paralegal can be quite different from one day to the next. Despite these differences, most paralegals do a combination of the following things.

Conducting legal research

One of the most important …

By Maureen Dolan
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How To Create a Resume for a State and Local Government Job

Do you want to create a convincing resume that will give you an advantage in your application for an opening at the state or local government? You are in luck! All you need to know lies in this ultimate guide. …

By Maureen Dolan
Maureen Dolan
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17 Jobs for Political Science Majors (That Don’t Require You to Run for Office)

Not everyone who studies political science goes into politics (although many do!). Jobs for political science majors range from, yes, government positions, law, and research, to marketing, sales, and even project management. 

Jobs for Political Science Majors Explained

“Of course, …

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Why You Shouldn’t Use ChatGPT to Write Your College and Grad School Admissions Essays

We’ve been covering the unfolding story of the use of artificial intelligence in education, as well as in various industries, so if you want to catch up you should check out our two-part entry on its effects on education. Today, …

By Firsthand
We help applicants, students, job-seekers and professionals like you find the right career path using the power of firsthand experiences.
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Your Guide to Finding a Place in the Federal Government

Would you believe it if we told you that there’s a solid, time-tested employer out there with jobs for every type of person — from introverts to extroverts, early birds to night owls, philosophy majors to computer science students — and ample opportunity to …

By Amanda Nell
Amanda Nell
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Our federal government offers jobs in a kaleidoscope of disciplines, from aerospace to the creative arts and engineering to education. …


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