Political science is the traditional major for students who are interested in attending law school. While there is no undergraduate discipline that concretely prepares students for the case study method employed in law schools, Saint Louis University’s political science major provides the background to the political science system in which the United States' judicial system operates.
It is also the best preparation for the large percentage of law students who are intent on a political career. The government plays a central role in the United States' economy: fully one-third of the labor force is involved in some form of public service. Political science provides one of the best training, at the undergraduate level, for employment in this vast sector.
Through a rigorous research methods course and senior seminars, SLU’s Department of Political Science also offers excellent preparation for students who would like to continue their political science studies in graduate school. The honor's thesis is specifically designed for students motivated to pursue doctoral degrees.
The following resources can assist you in your search for positions within the public sector.
There are many non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations and nonprofits that provide unique career opportunities. The key is finding the right organization to match your individual interests.
Here are some helpful links to find the organization that's right for you:
Many students choose to continue their education after receiving their undergraduate degree. Some popular choices consist of law school or master's degrees in political science, public policy, public administration or urban planning. In order to apply to graduate school, whether law or otherwise, it is necessary to take an entry exam.
Whether you're from St. Louis or not, the city is a great place to live and work for recent graduates thanks to its low cost of living. All political science majors are encouraged to upload their resume to Saint Louis University's career placement website, Handshake.