Outcomes & Careers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for lawyers is $145,300.
Lawyers & Judges
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for lawyers, judges, and related workers is $141,180.
Lawyers & Clerks
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a lawyers and judicial law clerks is $143,200.
Jefferson City Legislative Internship
Southeast students are highly sought after by legislators in Missouri’s Capitol for the legislative internship experience. The program, while giving invaluable experience to students, can also lead to a career. Many former interns have gone on to government or campaign employment following their internship experience.
Preparing for Law School
A philosophy degree from Southeast provides a strong foundation for pursuit of law school. In addition to the critical thinking, analytical, and argumentative skills learned, Southeast has an impressive tradition for preparing students. 100% of our philosophy and political science students who apply are accepted to law school, including some of the most impressive in the country like Harvard, Washington University, and University of Missouri.
Center for Strategic & International Studies
If you hope to put your reasoning skills to work to make the world a better place, Southeast’s partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) could be the experience you’ve been looking for. SEMO students are immersed at the global Washington, D.C. think tank for a week of problem solving while working with policy makers to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems like hunger, cybersecurity, and climate change. Southeast is the only university in the country to have a week-long program with the CSIS for its students.
Accelerated Mizzou Law Program
Southeast has an exciting partnership with the University of Missouri School of Law that will save students one year of undergraduate school and tuition to get a head start on their career goals in the legal profession. Students complete their major and general education requirements at Southeast in three years, then enter Mizzou law in their senior year, meaning they can complete their first year of law school while credit hours transfer to Southeast for completion of their bachelor’s degree, meaning you get your undergraduate and law degree in just six years.
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