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Career Field - Law & Public Policy

Career Information & Resources

Career Profiles and Guides

O*Net Online - Detailed profiles of occupations in law, public safety, corrections and security.

Vault Guides - Insider's information about careers in this area. Features include "Day in the Life" career profiles, employee reviews of careers and companies, and detailed information about key employers in the field. Available through Callisto.

Career Center Collection - Career guides, directories, and other publications related to this career field. Available in the Career Center.

InsideJobs - Provides descriptive profiles, insightful videos, and helpful career information for over 15,000 jobs in 10 different career families.


American Bar Association, Career Counsel for Students - Information targets law school students; however, offers interesting professional profiles in several subfields within law.

FindLaw for Students - Geared towards law school students and professionals, this site has informative links to law schools, paralegal programs, salary charts, message boards, and firm directories.

Law School section of the Career Center website provides information from determining if law school is right for you to the nuts and bolts of applying.

Occupational Outlook Handbook, Lawyers - A guide to career, labor market, salary and training information for this particular career field.

Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants - A guide to career, labor market, salary and training information for this particular career field.

Law Directories - Directories for law firms (searchable database), legal consultants, mediators and more.

Internet Legal Resource Guide - Serves as a comprehensive resource site for the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the United States of America. Offers Law school rankings. - Comprehensive directories of legal employers and law firms, plus more.

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice - Profiles of 48 different careers in the criminal justice and law enforcement fields.

Police and Detectives, from the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics describing the nature of the occupation, training and other qualifications, as well as advancement, outlook and earnings information. Also includes links to related occupations. - Articles and profiles on over 50 occupations in law enforcement, forensics, investigation, and security and protective services.

Lobbying/Labor Relations

A Day in the Life of a Labor Relations Specialist - from Princeton Review

A Day in the Life of a Lobbyist - from Princeton Review

Cal-Access - Information from the California Secretary of State on campaign finance and lobbying. Includes directories of current and recent lobbyists.

Public Policy/Advocacy/Think Tanks

APSAnet, Careers in Political Science section - The American Political Science Association is a professional society for people who study politics, government and public policies in the US and around the world.

NOA's links to progressive organizations and resources organized by issue area (the arts, education, environment, immigrant rights, labor unions and more).

Politics, Political Parties, Legislative Branch - Information in the Government Career Field section of this website on careers in politics.

World Directory of Think Tanks - maintained by the National Institute for Research Advancement.

Yahoo's List of Public Policy Institutes

Student & Professional Organizations

Participating in these groups can be a valuable avenue for learning about an occupation or field. They are an excellent resource for networking, and their websites often have information about careers.

Cal Student Organizations

Student organizations related to this field include:

Other Student Organizations - List of UC Berkeley student organizations registered with Campus Life and Leadership.

Professional Organizations

A few of the major professional organizations include:

To find other professional associations, go to:

Internship Listing Sites

Internship Listing Sites - Websites, programs, and other resources for internships in this career area. For listings specifically for Cal students, visit Callisto - the official Career Center job and internship listing site.

Job Listing Sites

Job Listing Sites - Websites specializing in job listings for this particular career field. For listings specifically for Cal students, visit Callisto - the official Career Center job and internship listing site.

This page contains links to websites not under the control of the University or the Career Center and we are not responsible for their contents. We'd like to hear your comments about these sites; feel free to contact us.

On the recommendation of our counseling staff, the Career Center lists job and career information sites that generally meet the following criteria: are of interest to Cal students, easily navigated, require no fee or registration prior to viewing, and (for job sites) list a significant number of entry-level positions in California. New sites may be submitted for consideration and are typically reviewed on an annual basis. Please indicate the page on our site where you think your link would be appropriate.

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