School of Justice Studies Blog

Written by Rasmussen College - School of Justice Studies instructors and students, the justice studies blog shares criminal justice articles and infographics about career and educational paths in law enforcement, paralegal studies, and health services.

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How Accurate are Crime Shows on TV? Debunking 7 Common Myths

If you’re looking for a criminal justice career based on what you see each week on the small screen, think again. Experts agree that the fantasy of TV doesn’t match up very well with the reality of the job. We enlisted an expert to set the record straight.

7 Ways the CSI Effect is Altering Our Courtrooms (For Better and For Worse)

Between the dramatized “true crime” shows and the straight up fictionalized programs, there’s no shortage of crime and legal programming in our lives. This is causing many legal professionals to notice the lines blurring between real life circumstances and Hollywood’s portrayal of it. It’s called the CSI effect and it’s changing modern day courtrooms.

6 True Crime Documentaries on Netflix

If you’re a bona fide true crime addict, then you’re no stranger to the high profile documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Jinx and The People v. O.J. Simpson. But you may be less familiar with these six compelling documentaries that you can — as of December 2016 — stream instantly on Netflix!

I Want to be a Paralegal ... Now What?

You're intrigued by the idea of becoming a paralegal but you're not quite sure what all that entails. We laid out the basics to give you a broad overview so you can decide if you have what it takes to pursue this profession.

What I Wish I Knew BEFORE Becoming a Paralegal

Paralegals play an integral role in a firm's success-every document filed, every interview conducted and every ounce of research collected matters. You might find that the profession is just the right fit for you.

Lizzie Borden and 5 Other Famous Female Killers Who Will Forever Fascinate Us

What is it about female killers that continues to fascinate us? From some of the most notorious and well-researched cases to some confounding contemporary crimes currently dominating today’s media circus, there’s no denying the particularly chilling nature of female killers. Here are six of their unforgettable stories.

What Does a Paralegal Do? A Closer Look at this Law Career

Sure, the lawyers seem to be in the limelight during court scenes. It’s not always so evident that these lawyers’ successes and failures often depend on their paralegals. Perhaps you have heard of this type of law career, but what does a paralegal really do?

What Can You Do With a Degree in Criminal Justice?

Most criminal justice careers fall into three main categories: law enforcement, criminology or legal. No matter which track is right for you, there are plenty of exciting and rewarding career opportunities in each field. Take a look at these career options for graduates with a degree in criminal justice.

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