Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Pre-Law/Legal Studies Concentration

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of lawyers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010-2020 with work opportunities in a wide range of specializations such as environmental, tax, intellectual property, family, securities, litigation, and education.

The Pre-Law/Legal Studies concentration is designed to make it possible for students from diverse backgrounds to enter the legal profession.  Students are generally successful in law school when their undergraduate major focuses on the development of reading, writing, critical thinking, reasoning, analytical skills, and human experience. Students prepare for future studies related to a career in a legal setting, including work in a private practice or in large corporations, higher education, and administration. The skills developed in the classroom will provide students with options to continue their education in law school or for placement in law enforcement, legal and juvenile justice, victims’ services, community-/institutional-based corrections areas, federal-, state-, and local-level criminal justice and administrative agencies, corrections, and public and private security. Open electives provide flexibility and allow students to explore individual interests.

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Learning Outcomes:

Students will describe the administration of justice with specialized knowledge of related content areas including, but not limited to, police, courts, and corrections.

Students will identify the theories of crime causation, responses to crime, and the implications and application for public policy.

Students will identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.

Students will interpret, analyze and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems and criminal justice.

Students will apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.

Students will identify and describe the court system, structure and legal process, and how the law and legal systems intersect with systems of power and privilege.

Students will interpret complex laws and court decisions impacting government, business, and society.

Students will identify, analyze, and assess divergent points of view with mutual respect.

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