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Law and Government Career Pathways

Turn your passion for public service into a career dedicated to developing meaningful policy and upholding a system of justice.

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Career Options

With a degree in law or government, you’ll open doors in fields ranging from global security to journalism, public policy to environmental work and beyond.

  • Campaign Manager
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Affairs Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Public Affairs Analyst

Discover Law and Government Majors and Minors

Pursue your interests with a customizable program that sets you up for success.

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Coursework Highlights

Find courses that give you the knowledge and skills to stand out from the pack.

  • Community Benchmarking
  • Critical Issues for the United States
  • Environment, Sustainability and Policy
  • Ethics, Justice and Citizenship
  • Gender and Politics
  • Government and Non-Profit Agencies
  • Human Nature
  • International Security
  • Law and Society
  • Methods of Public Policy Analysis and Presentation
  • Social Movement Theory
Portrait of Sophie Hernandez.

I became increasingly interested in the policy connection to lab research work, where we look at what the science is showing us, and then, what we can do about it.

—Sophie Hernandez ’22, integrated learning major in environment, sustainability and policy; and biology

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Clubs and Organizations

Learning happens inside and outside the classroom. Make connections to build your resume and your network.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
  • American Constitution Society
  • Amnesty International at Syracuse University
  • Art Law Society
  • Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Helpful and Ethical Leadership Project
  • Model United Nations Club
  • National Black Law Student Association Pre-Law Chapter
Mazaher Kaila standing and smiling with books in her hand.

I realized that to make meaningful change in society, I needed to understand the systems that power it—government and politics—and that’s insight I would gain by studying political science.

Mazaher Kaila ’19, L’22, political science major



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