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Education in Forensic Science

Forensic science refers to the application of scientific principles to establish facts for legal matters, both criminal and civil. Like all aspects of criminal justice, becoming a forensic scientist requires the appropriate education and training, however, because the term forensic scientist can be applied to such a diverse group of professionals, a wide variety of educational requirements exist. Read more…

Becoming a Police Officer

There’s nothing wrong with watching cops on TV or in a movie and thinking, “I wouldn’t mind doing that kind of job.” I’ve got nothing against cop shows. I love “The Wire,” which aired on HBO from 2002-2008. It showed the rough streets of Baltimore, the same ones I policed as a police officer. Read more…

Introduction to Juvenile Justice

At the beginning of the 20th century, the idea of juvenile justice made sense to many Americans. Legislators and the citizens they represented believed in a separate system of juvenile justice.  Read more…

Beyond Forensic Science: The Different Types of Forensics

Over the past decade, television shows such as “CSI,” “Bones,” and “Criminal Minds” have generated a significant amount of interest in criminal investigations. Yet, these programs don’t always reflect the reality of what forensic work involves. Read more…

Career Possibilities with a Criminal Justice Degree

A degree in Criminal Justice, either alone or in combination with other training or education, can qualify students to work in many fields. The most common fields in which criminal justice students work are law enforcement, investigation, and corrections. Read more…

Criminology: Where Criminal Justice and Sociology Meet

Criminology is essentially a branch of social science that applies scientific principles to the study to crime, criminal behavior, and punishment. In essence, it’s a branch of behavioral science in which crime is the studied behavior. Read more…

High-Paying Criminal Justice Careers

Anyone contemplating working in the criminal justice field has a natural interest in which jobs pay well and which do not. That natural curiosity has to be tempered with the reality that the best paying  jobs may not be the best fit, the fastest growing jobs, and may be relatively difficult to get. Read more…

Is a Career in Corrections Right for You?

Corrections applies to all restrictions that the government imposes on people who commit crimes: incarceration in jails or prisons, placement under formal supervision programs, rehabilitation and diversion programs, halfway houses and group homes, etc. Read more…

Nontraditional Careers in Criminal Justice

While there are many criminal justice careers, one may wish not to go down the more common paths. If a career path such as becoming an assistant D.A. or police officer sounds too ordinary for you, consider one of these atypical career paths in criminal justice. Read more…

Selecting the Right Criminal Justice School

As the number of criminal justice degree programs in higher education keeps rising, selecting the right one for you can seem like an arduous task. It is your job to go beyond the basic information to learn if a particular criminal justice program is right for you. Read more…

The Best Preparation for Becoming a Police Officer

Many college students think of their criminal justice degree as a means to obtaining police employment. What most don’t think about is how classroom instruction relates directly to doing the job. Here are three ways the classroom is going to help you in the street. Read more…

What Is a Paralegal?

Paralegals work everywhere attorneys do, doing much of the same work under the supervision of an attorney. There are no government-established standards for becoming a paralegal but most participants in the American legal system accept the American Bar Association’s definition of paralegal. Read more…

What Makes a Great Police Officer?

Choosing to become a police officer is a life-altering decision. There are myriad options for a potential law enforcement officer, spanning the spectrum from urban police officer to rural sheriff. Yet, there are many qualities that must be honed in order to become a great police officer. Read more…

What Type of Criminal Justice Degree Is Right for You?

Academic credentials in criminal justice can be as simple as a certificate or as complex as a PhD. If you’re planning on moving into upper management or a professional position, you may get even more advanced degrees, such as a JD (law) or an MD. Read more…