Law and Society

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.

Law and Society Department website

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

Places to Seek Employment

  • Museums
  • Court Houses
  • Public Parks
  • Homeland Security
  • Think Tanks
  • Law Offices
  • Police Departments
  • Detention Centers
  • Fire Stations
  • City Government Offices
  • Federal Government Offices
  • Private Corporations
  • View specific employers by state.

Job and Internship Search Resources

Career Exploration Hub

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major 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 studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks 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, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.