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 
    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.


Tips to Create Video Resumes for the Public Sector

With lucrative jobs in the public sector decreasing by the day, the competition is getting more and more intense. In such situations, having a video resume helps candidates stand out from the crowd. Such resumes are short-form video content that is shared …

By Yuxi Lei
Yuxi Lei
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Writing a Job Description That Hooks Talents in the Post-COVID Era

Here comes the occupational hazard for most recruiters: Sometimes, they hire the wrong candidate for a position. 

Reasons are different, especially in today’s post-COVID era of remote work and online job interviews. It may happen that a person doesn’t mesh …

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Law Careers You Can Pursue without Becoming a Lawyer

One of the most common misconceptions about law careers is that you need a law degree to pursue them. Similarly, many believe that once you become an attorney (a lawyer that has passed the Bar) that must be your one …

By Jennifer Verta
Jennifer Verta
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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 Aliza Licht
Aliza Licht
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Pros and Cons of Working in Government

The Pros
The chance to make a difference

Government employees work to enhance the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world. You can play a vital role in ending homelessness, finding cures for diseases, keeping our food …

By Brie Faulkner
Brie Faulkner
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Focus 2 Am I Career Ready?

Career readiness is a foundation of eight core competencies that broadly prepare college students for lifelong success in their careers …

A sample resume with tips and advice for following the preferred resume format for federal job applicants.

Job opening research and  job openings in a broad range of law enforcement positions.

Annual survey of more than 200,000 civil servants ranking employee satisfaction and commitment across 279 federal agencies/units.


SSC 1150: College Success Seminar

This 2-credit hour course is intended to assist exploring students in making purposeful academic and life decisions that lead to…

SSC 2100: Career Explorations

 The goal of this course is to help students explore what to major in, what they can do with their…

Government-Related Exploration Resources

Below are a list of introductory and exploration courses for students interested in government and law. This list is subject…

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