Careers and Internships

Careers for a Bachelors of Arts in Law

There are numerous careers for which formal legal education is beneficial, but for which a JD is not required. These career opportunities are in all levels of federal and state governments, business, and many legal or civically engaged organizations. A partial list of these career options includes:
 

Asylum (Immigration) Officer International Trade Specialist
Auditor Investigator
Case Manager IRS, FBI, ICE or DEA Agent
City Planner Legal Correspondent
Civil Rights Advocate/Campaigner Jury Consultant
Claims Advisor or Adjustor Legal Technology Consultant
Commercial Developer Lobbyist
Compliance Officer Natural Resources Officer
Conflict Resolution Specialist Paralegal Specialist
Congressional Staffer Ombudsperson
Consumer Safety Officer Patent Examiner
Contracts Administrator Politician/Legislator
Corporate Ethics Officer Policy Analyst
Editor Political Advisor
Employee Benefits Manager Procurement Analyst
Environmental Impact Analyst Public Affairs/Media Specialist
Environmental Protection Specialist Resource Manager
Financial Adviser Social Worker
Foreign Affairs Officer Tax Advisor
Health/Medical Administrator Trade Policy Analyst
Human Resources Specialist Tribal Operations Specialist
Human Rights Officer Victim Advocate/Coordinator
Immigration Specialist UN Young Professional (Human Rights, Political Affairs)
Indian Self Determination Specialist Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Intellectual Property Research Specialist Water Manager/Resource Specialist
Intelligence Officer/Analyst  

 

Internship Opportunities

With prior approval, students may also earn academic credit for internships in governmental agencies and other public institutions, where they will receive hands-on training in law-related fields. Up to 3 School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) law-related Internship units (300-level) and 3 Legal Internship units (400-level) may be used to fulfill Law elective requirements.
 
Law-related internships include positions with Pima County Attorney’s Office; US Marshal’s Office; CIA; FBI; US Postal Inspector; Pima County Sheriff’s Department; Oro Valley and Tucson Police Departments; Public Defender’s Office; Victim Witness Program; Homicide Survivors, Inc.; International Rescue Committee; US Department of State in Washington, D.C. and abroad; Congressional Offices; and the White House.

How to Enroll in an Internship:

  1. View the online information session to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Find and secure an internship with either a non-profit organization or a government agency.
  3. Download and complete the internship application. NOTE: This application needs to be filled out by both you and the person supervising you at your internship. Their signature is also required on the application. Without a fully completed application you will be unable to enroll in your internship. 
  4. Enroll for internship credit in UAccess by meeting with Internship Coordinator Amanda Armendariz, by appointment or during walk-in hours. To be enrolled you must have a fully completed internship application signed by your supervisor.
  5. Students interested in enrolling in a 400-level LAW internship should contact B.A. in Law program coordinator Keith Swisher. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a POL internship before completing a LAW internship. Both may count toward Law elective requirements, for a total of up to 6 units.