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.

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    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.


K-JD or Take Time Off Before Law School?

Should I take time off before law school?

When people first ask me this question, I think they usually mean, “Will law schools like me better if I take a year or two off before applying?” If your grades need …

By Maureen Dolan
Maureen Dolan
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USAJOBS 101: Navigating the Federal Jobs Landscape

With over 14,000 job openings spanning across 480 federal entities, navigating the federal job search can be overwhelming. The sheer volume of vacancy announcements – combined with application requirements and assessment tools – presents challenges even for the most experienced federal job …

By Alex Harrington
Alex Harrington
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Balancing the Scales: A Young Attorney’s Guide to Excelling Personally and Professionally

Young attorneys starting out in the legal industry receive warnings about long hours, stressful work environments, and strict deadlines. Regardless of whether an attorney starts their career as a law firm associate, in-house counsel, as a government lawyer or in …

By Editorial Board
Editorial Board
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Navigating the World of Federal Internships

The federal government offers many student internships—many paid. If you’re currently in college, high school, or trade school, you may be eligible. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent position with the government. …

By Nancy Segal
Nancy Segal
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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
Maureen Dolan
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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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