Law and Public Policy

Oberlin students with an interest in applying the knowledge and skills they’ve developed – analytical thinking, research, persuasive writing, and more – to the real world may find that Law and Public Policy is the place for them, no matter the major.

In Law and Public Policy you have the chance to respond to and help shape the future of issues as they impact both individuals, communities, and organizations on topics from  business to healthcare to civil rights.

Possible Paths

Students with a liberal arts education are well situated to respond and influence a range of pressing issue areas, including:

  • Civil liberties and rights
  • Cultural preservation
  • Food systems and food justice
  • Gender equity
  • Homelessness and housing rights
  • Immigrant rights
  • LGBT rights
  • Mental health care
  • Poverty
  • Racial justice
  • Sustainability and environmental protection

There is law and policy related to almost every given industry so internships could offer experience in fields such as:


  • Agent 
  • Civil litigation lawyer 
  • Compliance specialist 
  • Corporate lawyer
  • Criminal lawyer
  • Legal advocacy 
  • Legal nurse consultants 
  • Legislative analyst 
  • Mediator 
  • Patent lawyer

Public Policy

  • Ambassadors 
  • Environmental lobbyist
  • Grant administration 
  • Federal/state/municipal government 
  • Foreign service officers 
  • Intelligence officer 
  • International relations 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Policy research 
  • Statisticians