Major in Law & Public Policy

Learn how the law works and use it to solve problems and shape policy

Turn your interest in law into a career—working in diplomacy, homeland security, social justice advocacy, or government relations—with a major or minor in Law and Public Policy. Explore how legal institutions and their leaders shape public policy, and learn how to work with the law to accomplish your goals. You’ll learn from top faculty across IU, including the Maurer School of Law, and you'll have opportunities to examine global aspects of law and public policy by studying abroad in the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, or France.

Some of our recent grads have gone on to work with places including:

  • U.S. Congress
  • Echo Global Logistics
  • Law offices
  • U.S. Department of Justice

This degree is also good preparation for law school.

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AUDIO, SPEAKER 1: My major is Law and Public Policy. I want to work on the Hill and I want to help pass legislation that's going to help people.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 2: I chose Law and Public Policy because of my interest in constitutional protections of guaranteed rights. My end goal is to help marginalized communities in underdeveloped countries.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 3: Law and Public Policy- it's in the name. It essentially gives you a hold on experience on how public policy works, how legislators are able to come up with the laws they come up with, how state and federal regulations and policies are made. The reason why I chose Law and Public Policy is because I have a passion for public service. That's what I initially want to get into before I go to law school.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 4: My major is Public Policy Analysis, or Policy Analysis. It's an interdisciplinary field of political science, economics, and sociology. I can, you know, really look with a statistic and analytical lens into tons of different realms of society, and society's problems, and how to solve those issues.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 1: I was always very interested in politics and I wanted something that felt a little bit more grounded than political science. You can kind of pick and choose what policy area that you're interested in. So, some students can do national security. I've chosen to take classes that are more relating to like voting rights.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 4: At the end of the day, I have a key understanding of how to apply statistical policy analysis to these areas to figure out how to help people in the best way.

AUDIO, SPEAKER 1: Leading for the greater good means using my education and what I've learned here at O'Neill to make the world a better place.

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Rachell Pena, Law and Public Policy major

“The more I learn about my Latin heritage and reflect on my life experiences and background, the more I want to shift public policy in a way that helps to build equitable communities.”

Read Rachell's story

Recent Alumni

Savannah Wormley, BSPA’18

Legal Assistant

U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

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Krishna Pathak, BSPA’19

Cypersecurity Analyst

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

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Haley Brooks, BSPA’19

Law Student

 Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington 

Expert faculty

“Finding solutions to complex and rapidly evolving problems—like pandemics or climate change — requires a deep understanding how law is made, enforced, and used to address public policy challenges.”

—Beth Cate, Clinical Associate Professor