Major in Law & Public Policy

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

If you want to turn your interest in politics into a career—working in diplomacy and the foreign service, homeland security, human rights and social justice advocacy, lobbying, or political campaigns—consider a major or minor in Law and Public Policy. You’ll explore how legal institutions and their leaders shape public policy, and you’ll learn how to use the law to accomplish your goals, whether you work for a government agency, a nonprofit, or a business. This degree is also good preparation for law school.

You’ll learn from top faculty from across the Indiana University campus, including stellar faculty at IU’s Maurer School of Law:

  • David Delaney, former Deputy Associate General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and an expert on cybersecurity.
  • Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, attorney, and expert in the way institutions craft and implement the ground rules of American politics.
  • Aviva A. Orenstein, professor and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow, expert in evidence and family law.

Meet your SPEA Faculty

Beth Cate
Associate Professor

(812) 855-0563
SPEA 343

Paul Helmke
Director, Civic Leaders Center

(812) 855-2275
SPEA 447 and Briscoe A122

Andrea Need
Deputy Director, Master of Public Affairs Program

(812) 855-0732
SPEA 220

Jill Nicholson-Crotty
Associate Professor

(812) 855-4556
SPEA 351

Employers want you to think critically, analyze problems, and communicate solutions. We will give you those skills and launch you on a path to a rewarding career.

—Andrea Need, lawyer, Law and Public Policy faculty member