Career Planning

LSJ Mentor-Mentee Pair
An LSJ Major and her Mentor get to know each other at the LSJ Metorship Launch Night

What Can I do with a Major in LSJ?

The Law, Societies, and Justice major is ideal for students interested in the practices of institutions meant to create and uphold justice, law, and human and civil rights. LSJ majors graduate with a strong set of skills that can be applied in almost any job or career path. 

Your Career Related Skills and Strengths

Employers are usually more interested in your skills and strengths than in your particular college major. As an LSJ major, you have developed many skills that employers view as essential, including:

  • Reading and interpreting complex material
  • Analyzing information from multiple perspectives
  • Producing effective persuasive writing
  • Designing and implementing engaging presentations
  • Communicating effectively with people from backgrounds different from your own
  • Handling ambiguity adeptly
  • Using logical reasoning to solve problems
  • Conducting research and organizing information

LSJ Career Resources

  • Join the LSJ Current Students and Alumni LinkedIn Group to network with alumni and see examples of how alumni have applied their LSJ major in their professional life.
  • Attend the annual LSJ Career Night to learn about job search strategies for LSJ majors and network with LSJ alumni. This event is held every Winter or Spring quarter.
  • Apply for the LSJ Alumni-Student Mentorship Program, which connects current LSJ majors with local LSJ alumni mentors working in the student's intended career field. Mentorship program applications are emailed to all majors in Autumn quarter.
  • Attend the two annual LSJ Days of Service for another opportunity to talk with local alumni about their career trajectory.
  • Make the most of your LSJ Internship by conducting informational interviews with co-workers whose work interests you. See the LSJ internship page on this website for more internship information.
  • Sign up for the innovative LSJ course Learning from Failure: Lessons from LSJ Alumni, offered in Spring quarter.
  • Meet with an LSJ Adviser to discuss your career goals and interests.

Career Resources at the UW

The UW Career & Internships Center in Mary Gates Hall assists with all aspects of your career development, including:

  • Discovering what career(s) you’re interested in
  • Refining your resume and interviewing skills
  • Finding internships
  • Finding employment opportunities
  • Applying to graduate or professional schools
  • Read the UW Career Guide, attend a workshop, or meet with a career adviser to get started!

The UW Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center provides leadership and community engagement opportunities for students. Visit the Carlson Center to explore ways to get involved off-campus that enable you to explore careers, learn more about your community, build career skills, and give back.

The UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards provides advising for applications to graduate and professional programs, as well as various post-BA fellowship programs including the Fulbright and the Peace Corps.

The College of Arts & Sciences Center for 21st Centruy Liberal Learning offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for liberal arts majors, including career prepartion courses, mentorship programs, and employer challenge events.

The UW Pre-Law Advising Webpage  offers useful information for students considering law school. The UW Career and Internship Center also has two pre-law Career Coaches who are located in the UW Career and Internship Center in Mary Gates Hall.