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.


Best Places to Work in Federal Government Rankings

The Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group recently released the 2022 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings.

The full rankings include 17 large, 27 midsize and 30 small agencies as well as 432 subcomponents. Data …

By Amanda Nell
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How to Go to Law School for Free

Hey, friends! So we’re back to the ugly topic – money. But here’s the thing, money doesn’t actually have to be such an ugly thing to talk about. Anybody who is even thinking about law school probably knows that law …

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Looking for a Federal Government Job?

As of 2022, there are more than two million federal government employees, most working within the U.S., and some stationed overseas. For recent college graduates, working for the government could offer many opportunities with great benefits. These jobs aren’t reserved …

By Amanda Nell
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Student Internships, Recent Grads, & Fellows Civil Service Opportunities

More federal job opportunities are now available for current students, recent graduates, and those seeking fellowships in the federal civil service sector. These Pathway Programs are a great way to start your career or to simply explore agencies of interest. …

By Dennis V. Damp
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Interested in a Government Career? Here’s Advice from Federal Employees

Although the federal government has more than 2 million employees, more people are needed to address our most pressing challenges. National crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and talent gaps in emerging fields have led agencies to consider initiating rapid hiring …

By Kiki Marlam
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Current job and employment trends based on a NACE (national Association of Colleges and Employers) survey of recruiters who hire …

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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