Shape the Future through Law & Policy

Are you interested in a career that allows you to have a voice in the decisions that impact society? This interdisciplinary and dynamic pathway provides you with a wide breadth of knowledge and experience that will empower you to pursue an advanced degree (including law school) and find success in a variety of careers. Whether you are looking to work in the fields of law, criminal justice/law enforcement, lobbying, nonprofit management, mediation, public policy/advocacy, real estate or many others, UC Merced’s academic programs will provide you with the solid foundation you need to make a difference.

Majors Related in this Pathway

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application deadline

Application Deadline:
November 30, 2024

no SAT required


multiple degrees available

Multiple Degrees

Financial Aid Available

Financial Aid

Pathway Careers

fast facts

ranked top 100 university in us news and world report
Ranked Top 100
US News & World Report
ranked 49 overall in the nation
Washington Monthly
ranked 5 in social mobility
ranked 15 in california colleges

Law and Policy LLC

Coming Fall 2023! Look out for community details coming soon!

Leadership and Service LLC

A Living Learning Community that helps students explore and develop their leadership skills and style, understand their personal values and learn how to ethically and effectively engage with the local community.

Merced Pre-Law Society

A student-run club that helps students explore their interest in the legal field and prepare and apply for law school.

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity

Fraternity that provides professional guidance to undergraduate students in the law field.

UC Merced Washington DC Program (UCDC)

An exciting opportunity to spend a semester in the nation’s capital and combine course work, field research and complete an internship in government or industry.

UC Merced at UC Center Sacramento (UCCS)

A program that educates California’s future leaders in the craft of politics and policymaking. Students earn UCM credit and gain valuable work experience while interning in Sacramento.

Study Abroad for Policy

Provides opportunities to take political science, international relations, global studies and peace and conflict studies in England, France, Italy, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Ireland and Mexico.

Internship Abroad in Mexico for Leadership for Social Justice and Public Policy

A multi-site leadership program with a focus on Latino and binational issues that provides students professional training and experience.

Yosemite Leadership Program

Offers a unique outdoor engagement, community service and professional development experience designed to enspire environmental advocacy and social change through skilled, ethical, innovative and intentional action.

RFK Young Leaders

Program empowers students to become politically active and to advance human rights and social justice in their communities.


helps students with a debt-free pathway to college while engaging them in direct service in their community.