Careers & Graduate School


UCSD's Career Services Center also has expert career counselors. The Center also has some very informative web pages for our majors, including: 

Be sure to visit the alumni page on our website which highlights accomplished graduates in both our undergraduate and graduate programs.

American Political Science Association

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. 

APSA also has some very informative web pages for our majors regarding internships and careers, including: 

There are many options available to Political Science students after earning a bachelor's degree. 

Graduate School

UCSD's Career Services Center has expert graduate school counselors and informative web pages for our majors, including the International affairs careers and 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 informatioen about the legal profession and applying to law school.

Other sites that may be of help when considering law school include:

Obtaining Letters of Recommendation

Many graduate school programs, internships, and even career opportunities ask that students provide letters of recommendation as part of the application process. As part of your request to obtain a letter of recommendation from a Political Science professor, instructor, or graduate TA, and in accordance with FERPA guidelines, please send those from whom you are requesting a letter a link to the Instructional Support for Faculty page and the quoted statement below:

“I consent to the release of personal and educational information about me in the letter of recommendation that I have requested from you. This authorization allows you to release all information about me, within the University’s possession, to [fill in details (e.g., any other educational institution, any centralized application processing services (list by name if possible), both, etc.]. This authorization shall remain valid unless and until it is rescinded in writing.”

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 Dionne

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.

Michael "Patrick" Hulme

Patrick graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2017, where he served as an articles editor for the Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs. During law school, he interned for the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the international law division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also has some private practice experience in business and real estate law through working for a few law firms located here in San Diego. Currently, Patrick is building on his academic interest in international law as a UCSD graduate student in international relations.

John Porten

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.