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The law & society program at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus explores social movements, government practice and reform. This interdisciplinary field examines how law works in practice in public administration, courts, the non-profit sector, policy, policing and the justice system.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Analyze and explain key public issues and their impact on the public at large
  • Define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration 
  • Explain how public policy is formulated and implemented
  • Analyze how law works in public administration, courts, non-profits, policy, policing, and the justice system as a whole
  • Examine all facets of the legal system and how they interact
  • Examine legal policy, legal institutions, social movements, psychological attitudes and perceptions, managerial processes, and social structures

Popular Career Paths

Public Service: Includes jobs within local, state, and federal government, which could include law enforcement and corrections.

Education and Communication: Involves helping the public gain a deeper understanding of how policies and laws impact communities and environments at the local, state, and federal levels.

Law: Paths include becoming a lawyer, paralegal, clerk, or policy maker at all levels of government or in non-profit initiatives.

Policy: Includes advocating, lobbying, and influencing to change policies, as well as researching the impacts of proposed and enacted laws and policies.

Jobs to Consider



Non-profit Administrator


Political Scientist


Public Affairs Specialist

Judicial Law Clerk


Customs Officer


Law Enforcement Administrator


Correctional Officer

Social Worker

Criminal Justice Professor

Fish and Game Warden


Places to Seek Employment


Court Houses

Public Parks

Homeland Security

Think Tanks

Law Offices

Police Departments

Detention Centers

Fire Stations

City Government Offices

Federal Government Offices

Private Corporations

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify specific areas of interest within public administration, such as federal/state/local government, politics, non-profit, international relations, etc. so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering.
  3. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in public administration, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  5. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure, and/or certifications).
  6. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  7. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  8. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest such as the Graduate Students of Public Administration.

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