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Criminal Justice

Law &
Criminal
Justice

Do good,
help others

Do good,
help others

Why choose a career in Law?

Working within the field of law can bring exciting opportunities while enabling you to make a difference in your local community.
  • Gain a sense of satisfaction for justice done
  • Make the world a better place
  • Protect the innocent from potential injustice

Meet your need to balance life, work, and school with programs that fit you. Choose a path that is a good mix of speed versus impact on your current job and career goals. Work with top schools to leverage your prior educational experiences, embrace a broad array of potential careers, and stay organized and on-track with flexible schedules.

Top Growing Criminal Justice and Law Occupations

2018 - 2028
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 93,300 new jobs. As law firms try to increase the efficiency of legal services and reduce their costs, there is expected to be strong demand to hire many more paralegals and legal assistants. Additionally, the demand for lawyers is expected to continue as individuals, businesses, and governments require legal services in many areas.
NUMBER OF NEW JOB OPENINGS BY OCCUPATION
LAWYERS
+50,100   

SECURITY GUARDS AND SURVEILLANCE OFFICERS

+40,600   

PARALEGAL AND LEGAL ASSISTANTS

+39,000   

POLICE & DETECTIVES

+37,500   

PRIVATE DETECTIVES AND INVESTIGATORS

+2,600   
Skill to leverage

COMMUNICATION

Most CJ jobs require varying sets of communication skils when dealing with co-workers, courts, criminals and civilians.

Criminal Justice and Law skills driving success

WORK UNDER PRESSURE Clarity of mind in stressful situations leads to better results

FOLLOW ORDERS Hierarchy and Laws create a structure that must be honored

LEADERSHIP Setting standards, creating effective direction and building moral

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS Knowledge is key, decisions are often instant

TEAMWORK Synergy in groups increases effectiveness

CAPACITY TO ADAPT Often fast-paced, change in dynamic situations is needed

HANDLE RESPONSIBILITY Vital for this field as many are affected by decisions made

EMPATHY Creates a more positive interaction with others and builds trust.

PROBLEM SOLVING Drives results, demonstrates critical thinking

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Levels of education and wages

In 2017 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median wage for high school graduates was $36,100. The median for those with a Bachelors was almost twice that.

BACHELORS DEGREE

$72,800 annually

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

$36,100 annually

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited."

Plutarch, Greek-Roman biographer

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All stats sited ‘bls.gov’ except * Journal of Police Science and Administration