Students may prepare for a wide variety of careers in public service. These include careers in the executive branch of government, as staff or agency counsel, assistant attorneys or assistant district attorneys; in the legislative branch, as counsel or staff to legislators, legislative committees or legislative offices; in the judicial branch, as law clerks, staff counsel or judges; or in the non-governmental sector, perhaps as representatives for disadvantaged clients, advocates for policy reform, or specialists in business-government relations.
Because the range of relevant careers is broad, there is no definitive list of courses that can be recommended. Students should consider their own interests and consult with staff and faculty in the field (some noted below) about courses and activities that would be appropriate. Students might also find it useful to consider the following three broad principles:First, it may be appropriate to complete courses that provide insight into the institutions and processes through which policy is formulated and implemented. Many of the courses within the School's Perspectives menu might fall within this category. Courses of particular interest might include:
Examples of other skills courses are
In addition, students may participate in the Suffolk Public Interest Law Group (SPILG). SPILG operates the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program, which provides support to students working in otherwise unpaid summer internships with government agencies and public interest groups.