Careers & Graduate School
The American Political Science Association's Careers and the Study of Political Science handbook is an excellent resource for Political Science majors. It may be purchased directly from the APSA website or borrowed from the Department (SSB 301) for up to one week. The APSA website also provides excellent information about careers for students who graduate with a degree in political science.
UCSD's Career Services Center also has expert career counselors. The Center also has some very informative web pages for our majors, including:
- What can I do with my political science major?
- Alumni Advisor Network
- Career Readiness - When should you begin to prepare for the job market? The answer is now!
Be sure to visit the alumni page on our website which highlights accomplished graduates in both our undergraduate and graduate programs.
UCSD's Career Services Center has expert graduate school counselors and informative web pages for our majors, including the International relations or public policy graduate schools page.
Interested in attending law school?
The primary office for pre-law advising and resources is the Career Services Center. Visit the UCSD Career Services Pre-Law page for information about the legal profession and applying to law school.
Newly created is the Political Science Department's Board of Pre-Law Advisors. Board members are attorneys currently enrolled in the doctoral program in political science at UCSD. Members of the board bring broad and deep experience as law students and attorneys. They are available for individual appointments to discuess careers in law, selection of appropriate law schools, the application and admissions processes, and other concerns that you may have about this career path. Please contact each directly to arrange an appointment.
Political Science Pre-Law Board:
Board members are attorneys currently enrolled in the doctoral program in political science. Members of the board bring broad and deep experience as law students and attorneys. They are available for individual appointments to discuss careers in law, selection of appropriate law schools, the application and admissions processes, and other concerns that you may have about this career path. Please contact each directly to arrange an appointment.
Lee graduated from Northwestern Law in 2009, where he served for two years as an editor on the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology. As a business lawyer (e.g., contracts, mergers & acquisitions and securities), Lee has experience both in large law firm and private practice settings. Currently, Lee is building on his academic interest in U.S. legal and political institutions as a UCSD graduate student in American politics.
John graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. John spent five years in private practice focusing on corporate ownership disputes and commercial litigation, and continues to serve as a legal advisor in non-profit organizations, including a project administered by the American Cancer Society.