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“While my legal degree has been of great value to me, I feel that I gained a much broader understanding of the relationship between law and policy, particularly in an international environment, through my La Follette experience.”
Jamisen Rueckert Brazys, master of international public affairs and law master of science in urban & regional planning, ’07, staff attorney, Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia
Van Buren deepens involvement in policymaking
After years of working as an outside observer with peripheral
influence, Matt van Buren decided to involve himself more deeply in the
policymaking process. The former journalist and political
fund-raiser is in his second semester at the La Follette School,
exploring public management and nonprofit leadership in addition to the
school’s core courses in microeconomics and statistics. Read more ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs is a highly ranked program that attracts outstanding
students from across the United States and around the world to its highly
respected graduate programs in public
affairs and international public affairs and dual degree programs. Students are admitted in comparatively small numbers that encourage cooperation across cohorts and permit the La Follette School faculty to
know, advise, and mentor students.
La Follette Students and Graduates
Students arrive with a passion for public affairs and a commitment to
public service. They graduate with the requisite skills, knowledge,
contacts, and experience to transform passion and commitment into a
meaningful careers. They make valuable contributions to governance in this country and globally.
2012 Career Statistics
Profiles of La Follette School alumni
In both degree programs, students complete
a set of foundational courses that build
competence in quantitative methods, and rich contextual understanding for a
successful career in the government, non-profit, or private sector. Students
individualize their programs of study, developing expertise in one or more
policy or regional focus fields that reflect specific professional
aspirations and intellectual interests. In the elective coursework that
develops these focus fields, students work with La Follette School faculty
and faculty in other departments, programs, and centers across a major
research university of worldwide renown.
In the final semester of study, students work in teams to complete workshop
projects, the thesis-equivalent in both programs. With systematic research
and analysis, supervised by La Follette School faculty, students develop policy recommendations and tractable solutions to problems of
public management confronting a wide range of real-world clients. Clients
include city governments, the state of Wisconsin, national agencies,
international organizations, and civil society groups around the world.
The La Follette School offices are located in an historic landmark, a
nineteenth-century house at the center of campus, overlooking Lake Mendota,
with classroom buildings nearby. Beyond the campus, the city of Madison, as
the state capital, provides a wealth of opportunities for La Follette School
students to acquire practical experience as professional project assistants
or interns in state agencies. Students benefit from the strong relationships
that La Follette School faculty have developed with these agencies, in
keeping with the Wisconsin Idea of service to government.
Not least of all, Madison is a beautiful and livable city.
Transcripts of prospective student web chats:
October 2013, December 2012, November 2012