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Careers in Jurisprudence

 

Both quantitative and qualitative data from traditional sources manifest a strong student and institutional interest in the study of and application of law.   Whether it is at the law school level or undergraduate and graduate education, the trend is very favorable towards the study and analysis of law which includes Jurisprudence. The United States Department of Education’s Digest of Educational Statistics charts undergraduate trends in major selection. Expressions of interest in legal studies and law, as an undergraduate endeavor, as compared to a law degree, have shown dramatic rises of participation.  In 1970-1971, there were only 545 majors that so declared.  By 2006, that number had risen to nearly 3600 FTE.  The growth has been consistent and reflective of the abiding interest the fields of law and jurisprudence have even among undergraduates.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, in its annual Education Digest, which tracks degree award patterns in college graduates within the Commonwealth, confirms the national trend of growth and intellectual interest. In less than a decade, enrollees in undergraduate programs in closely aligned fields skyrocketed nearly 800% at the undergraduate level and saw a significant rise at the graduate level.

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The Princeton Review (2009) ranks the study of political philosophy and jurisprudence and aligned governmental studies as the ninth most popular field of study on contemporary American college campuses. Jurisprudence comprises a good deal of the subject matter in the Princeton Review description in its ranking:

Because it often deals with current events and sophisticated statistical analysis, political science is timely, fascinating, and perpetually changing. In a nutshell, it’s the study of politics of government, and some of the common concentrations are American government, public policy, foreign affairs, political philosophy, and comparative government. Political science majors develop excellent critical thinking and communication skills, and more broadly, an understanding of history and culture. There will be lots of reading, writing, and math. Possible career paths are diverse—from lawyer to politician to journalist.

For those students majoring in jurisprudence, there are numerous career opportunities. The jurisprudence major will prepare students for a variety of careers such as:

  • Legal Assistant or Paralegal,
  • Bar Association Administrator,
  • Law Librarian,
  • Legal Consultant,
  • Jury Consultant,
  • Trust Officer/Estate Administrator,
  • Mediator,
  • Investment Banker,
  • Lobbyist,
  • Journalist. 

Since BA graduates will be adept writers, solid advocates in oral argument and skill interpreters and critical thinkers, their abilities will be well attuned to the world of non-profits and advocacy groups such as:

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • American Center for Law and Justice
  • Freedoms Foundation
  • Neighborhood Legal Defense
  • Community Legal Services
  • Alliance for Justice
  • Amnesty International
  • Christian Coalition
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Family Research Council
  • Federalist Society
  • First Amendment Center

Jurisprudence graduates can pursue advanced legal education or law school, or compete with other business majors for entry-level managerial positions. With strong analytical abilities, the corporate world would see these graduates as employees who already understand legal dynamics, are aware of potential legal conflicts and attuned to how to avoid legal complications. Furthermore, Jurisprudence majors are just as capable in the world of high level criminal justice analysis and persons with the skill and acumen that federal agencies, in particular, regularly seek.  Job opportunities at the FBI, the ATF, DEA and the Department of Justice, as well as aligned legal enforcement division in all major federal agencies, from education to defense, would legitimate placements. Other positions graduates will likely gravitate towards are:

  • Office of the Inspector General
  • Hearing Division of the Social Security Administration
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Marshalls
  • Federal Protective Service
  • Department of the Interior
  • Military Branches
  • National Security Agency
  • Department of Homeland Security

Wherever critical thinkers are needed; whenever an agency needs an employee who can interpret and evaluate facts and legal matters, and whatever mission needs to be implemented, Jurisprudence graduates are well suited to the task.  In the final analysis, the BA in Jurisprudence will have been forged to think, write and advocate at an exceptionally high level.   The power of these skills and attributes extend to many occupational quarters.  Aside from further education in law or graduate school, or direct employment in the support and administrative circles that surround law and the legal system, these same skills find a home in a host of other locales including but not limited to:

  • Agent
  • Arbitrator
  • Author
  • Banker
  • Bar Association Administrator
  • Career Counselor
  • Commercial Real Estate Agent
  • Computer Consultant
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Designer/Developer of Trial Visual Aides
  • Deposition Videographer
  • Director of Career Services, Admissions or Alumni Affairs
  • Editor
  • Fundraiser
  • Investment Banker
  • Journalist
  • Jury Consultant
  • Law Librarian
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Consultant
  • Mediator
  • Legal Software Developer/Vendor
  • Legal Consultant
  • Legal Headhunter
  • Real Estate Agent and Developer
  • Screenwriter
  • Small Business Owner
  • Special Event/Conference Planner
  • Stockbroker
  • Trust Officer/Estate Administrator

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of the Career and Professional Development Center, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.