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Leading International / Public Affairs & Law Programs 2020

Public Affairs

As the world becomes smaller and more interconnected, it is becoming easier to see how events happening 'overseas' often have a direct effect on our own countries and lives, whether they be wars, trade deals, viral outbreaks or technological advancements.

Careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors necessitate professionals who recognize that interdependence and that it can be a force for national and global advancement. Graduate schools of international affairs help students to gain an understanding of regions, languages, and global trends as well as experience in problem solving, teamwork, and analysis.

Proximity to the nation's capital is a considerable advantage for those dreaming of a career in politics, government, and public service, and few schools are closer to the policy- and decision-makers of Washington, D.C. than the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

The proximity to potential future workplaces and important internships is just the beginning of the numerous advantages an education at the Schar School affords. With 22 undergraduate and graduate programs, part-time and full-time options, and dedicated career services advisors, the Arlington, VA based Schar School prepares graduates for important positions in key agencies across a wide spectrum of specialties.

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The Mark O. Hatfield School's cutting edge MPP degree is designed to meet the growing demand for public policy professionals in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. The degree is built on the disciplinary foundations of the study of public policy within the fields of political science, public administration, and economics. Their MPA degree prepares students for ethical, competent and effective public service for a variety of responsibilities in policy, management and leadership. The degree offers six areas of specialization, namely local government, nonprofit management, global leadership and management, human resource management, natural resources policy and management, and health administration.

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International Affairs

To work in Public Affairs means working in communications directly to, or on behalf of, the public. Often these roles tend to fall within two areas – corporate and governmental. At the corporate level, say for a business or nonprofit institution, the scope of work might include reaching out to the public directly, perhaps to give them information on a product or service that the company being represented offers, or, alternatively, educating them on a lifestyle or health issue that might be beneficial to them or their family.

In the governmental arena, the public affairs domain typically involves influencing public policy and decision making, with individuals in this role expected to nurture a network of lawmakers and their staffs to promote specific agendas or lines of argument sympathetic to the company or entity being represented.

Schools that offer education in this broad and diverse area have differing philosophies and educational approaches, so it's important that you evaluate the credentials of any school you are considering attending before applying.

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs offers interdisciplinary academic programs that inspire students and prepare them for global leadership and service. Founded in 2009 with a transformational gift from John ('67), and Susan Jackson, the Institute builds on Yale's centuries long tradition of educating leaders in fields of global affairs.

The Institute brings to Yale the most talented, passionate students from all over the world, dedicated to making the world a better place. It readies students to understand the world through academically rigorous programs taught by outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, and prominent practitioners of global affairs. The result is a community of scholars, students, practitioners, alumni, and staff dedicated to making a difference in all fields of global affairs.

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Law Programs

The complexity of legal proceedings and the litigation process demands a team of skilled professionals that can offer high quality, well researched and sophisticated representation. This in turn creates a myriad of career opportunities across the industry for lawyers looking to specialize in a particular area. Aspiring litigators can fine tune their expertise by focusing on sub-specialties such as criminal law, employment law, human rights law, immigration law and numerous other areas of practice. Those who prefer corporate practice can focus on taxation laws, real estate, finance and other corporate law areas that suit their interest.

It's highly important that students pursue their law degree at schools that provide extensive case studies on statutory law and research complex legal issues to ensure students are adequately prepared for graduation. A law degree sets a student on their path to a career in the legal profession, and further training and study increase their potential of becoming a leading star in the field.

Campbell Law School is a unique community of diverse individuals brought together by a singular purpose — to use the practice of law and order to create a more just and merciful society. They are dedicated to creating compassionate lawyers who are fully prepared for the challenges of the real world.

The school is a leader in bar passage. An incredible location. An atmosphere of support. An active, engaged, and successful alumni network.

The schools' graduates are historically successful on the bar exam. Most recently, 93.1 percent of the 116 graduates from the Class of 2020 who attempted the July 2020 North Carolina bar exam passed.

Advocacy is Campbell Law's hallmark. The historically strong and competitive advocacy program has reaped numerous awards in recent years, including six national titles in 2019 alone.

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As D.C.'s first law school, the George Washington University Law School has set the standard for legal education for more than 150 years. GW Law has an impressive and longstanding record of educating forward-thinking leaders. For example, by 1895, its graduates had already written the patents for Bell's telephone, Mergenthaler's linotype machine, and Eastman's roll film camera. They continue to set the bar today, with a robust curriculum offering more than 275 elective courses designed to give students both a broad and in-depth legal education.

Faculty members are experts who have written the leading textbooks in their fields and testified before Congress, but their primary commitment is to prepare the next generation of lawyers to meet the challenges of our ever-evolving world.

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