Career Planning

LSJ Day of Service at Downtown Emergency Service Center
LSJ Day of Service at Downtown Emergency Service Center

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. Here are a few current job titles of recent LSJ graduates that demonstrate the diversity of careers open to LSJ majors:

Law 

  • Attorney
  • Legal Assistant
  • Court Processing Specialist
  • Investigator

Government & Policy

  • Public Policy Associate
  • Legislative Correspondent 
  • Civil Rights Analyst
  • Public Disclosure Specialist

Business & Technology

  • Commercialization Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Operations Security Liaison
  • Software Developer 

Non-profit

  • Case Manager
  • Donor Relations Coordinator
  • Domestic Violence Survivor Advocate
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Education

  • English Teacher
  • School Discipline Coalition Coordinator
  • Youth Programs Manager

Health

  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • Public Health Response Planning Manager
  • Registered Nurse

Remember, these are just a few examples! As these job titles demonstrate, LSJ graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of fields including law, business, non-profits, education, health, and the public sector.

Do you want to know how to make the most of your LSJ major at the UW? This brochure (PDF) from the UW Career Center offers many helpful tips.

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.
  • Meet with an LSJ Adviser to discuss your career goals and interests.

Career Resources at the UW

The UW Career 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 UW Pre-Law Advising Webpage offers useful information for students considering law school. The UW also has three pre-law advisers who are located in the main UW Advising Office in Mary Gates Hall.