University Resources for Students Interested in Government, Public Administration, and Law

UConn offers a variety of resources to support students interested in careers related to government, public administration, and law.  

A great place to start is to schedule a career coaching appointment with one of the professional staff members at the Center for Career Development. These appointments are designed to answer any of your career-related questions. We’re happy to help whether you’re just learning about this industry or have a solid background already. 

There are also many on-campus organizations designed for students interested in these fields. A few notable ones are the Human Rights Institute, Law Society, Undergraduate Student Government, and Jumpstart. 

Human Rights Institute

The Human Rights Institute supports human rights throughout the world. Faculty members are always conducting research on a variety of topics in the field, which students can get involved in. Academically, UConn offers a major, minor, graduate certificate, and master’s degree in human rights. The Institute also hosts many outreach and engagement events to promote human rights. 

Law Society

The Law Society is an excellent resource for future lawyers and anyone else with an interest in law. Members have the opportunity to hear presentations from people in the field, such as professors, attorneys, and judges. Of course, joining the organization is also a great way for students to meet peers with similar goals and interests. 

Undergraduate Student Government

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) presents the needs of undergraduate students to university administration. There are four committees to get involved with: Academic Affairs, Student Development, External Affairs, and Student Services. Students can join the committee they’re most interested in by filling out the following form


Jumpstart is an organization that supports the language, literacy, and social-emotional development of preschool children from underserved backgrounds. Student volunteers work with the children for 4 hours a day, twice a week. They can also get involved in the classroom more often and attend professional development meetings. 

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By Michelle Shavnya
Michelle Shavnya