A public policy career is a career where you can create space for impact. Whether it is working within public interest law or for the federal government, influencing policy in political science, or lobbying for change, public policy careers have the capability to enact lasting change.
The career paths for someone interested in public policy have a wide range and therefore can serve a variety of interests. One common denominator, regardless of which path you choose, is that you want to be more marketable for job opportunities.
An MSL can help you achieve that goal Earning your Master of Science in Law (MSL) will not only increase your depth of knowledge but enhance career advancement. If you’re looking to work in public policy and further your education, look no further than McGeorge School of Law. Our MSL in Law, Government, and Public Policy is designed for local, state, and federal agency employees, and for lobbyists, legislative staff, and others who seek to enhance their skills in lawmaking, regulation, election law, and lobbying but who do not require a traditional law degree for success.
Why Earn An MSL?
At any given time, millions of Americans are looking for jobs, but in the United States, only about 14.3% of adults in the U.S. have advanced degrees. Having an MSL gives you an extra advantage when it comes to securing the job you want. Not only would an MSL give you a higher degree of knowledge, but having a concentration in Government Law & Policy could give you a leg up on your competition for these public policy careers.
McGeorge gives our students practical training in the areas of law and policy theory, how to understand the nuances of legal protocol, and learn how lawyers think. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network with faculty and experts as well as with other students and alumni. By the end, you’ll increase your credibility with a publishable piece of research that, coupled with a research-focused MSL, can be a gateway to Ph.D. work if you so desire.
Through our MSL coursework, you’ll be better equipped to:
- Review and understand agreements such as contracts;
- Review and draft proposed local, state, and federal laws and regulations;
- Understand and comply with regulatory requirements for specific industries; and
- Work with attorneys and compliance officers.
These skills can make the job search easier.
Career Options After Earning Your Degree
Are you wondering where you could go after earning your public policy degree? Our public policy program graduates have advanced to:
- Regulatory compliance officer and due diligence
- Human resources representative
- Contracts and grants officer
- Management consultant
- Government officials and public agency staff
- Courtroom clerk
- Healthcare practitioner
- Legislative aide
- Lobbyist and government affairs
- Political scientists
- Program manager
- Water resources or environmental engineer
- Journalist or policy reporter
- Land use planner
- Environmental or public agency consultant
- Policy advocate
There is no shortage of options when it comes to your career after obtaining a master’s in government law and policy.
In addition to the highlights and benefits mentioned above, our program has one more important component that distinguishes us: flexibility. Our MSL program is completely online. Students have a part-time schedule and our classes are asynchronous so you can study on a schedule that works for you. Life obligations don’t need to be cast aside as you further your education. And if you have a career already that you are looking to enhance, you don’t need to pause while you obtain your degree. An online MSL is ideal when it comes to pursuing your professional and personal goals.
So, what are you waiting for? Contact McGeorge’s Office of Admissions today to get started.