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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There are two facets to courtroom technology: the technology used to gather evidence, and the technology used in the presentation of the evidence at trial. Join us as we dig a bit deeper into the evolution of both.
You can’t avoid every “what if” scenario, but you can take steps to keep kids safe. Take the first step by acknowledging these six ways you could be potentially endangering your child. After all, even parents with the best of intentions make these common mistakes when it comes to their children’s safety.
Let’s face it – it might be a while before the next Steven Avery or Adnan Syed works his or her way into the limelight. But there are a number of equally-intriguing cases that haven’t received as much press. In the meantime, let these six suspenseful unsolved crimes put your inner investigator to work.
We set out to answer this very question by speaking with those who know exactly what jail is like. How do they know? Because they’ve been there! Our conversations revealed a few surprising things Hollywood typically gets wrong.
If you can’t get enough of TV shows like Solved and Dateline, we know you’ll love these nine true crime podcasts. Bookmark this list and revisit whenever you’re itching to unleash your inner investigator!
eDiscovery has become a crucial part of a paralegal’s job due to the increased prevalence of information sharing via technology. Learn more about this exciting aspect of the legal field as we consult the experts and break down everything you need to know about eDiscovery!
We enlisted some safety experts to gather their advice on a host of winter safety issues that commonly plague northerners. We combine their insight with a little research of our own to include a variety of helpful pointers. So whether you’re hanging holiday lights or driving on an icy road to visit relatives, know that there are extra precautions that you can (and should) be taking.
The case of private investigator versus police detective can be a tricky one. That’s why we gathered all of the facts to brief you on the differences between these two criminal justice careers. Examine the evidence for yourself and determine which career is right for you.
Becoming a paralegal might be the perfect option for you. But before you get too far ahead of yourself, it’s important to become familiar with some of the important paralegal skills you need to succeed in the field.
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.
It’s never too late to brush up on leadership skills and tactics to help you advance your career, says Paul Snyder, recent graduate of the Rasmussen College Human Resources and Organizational Leadership program in Topeka, Kansas. In fact, Snyder believes attending college after a successful career is the perfect time.
You thought a career in law enforcement would be perfect, but the recent run of bad news for police officers has you reconsidering. Despite some recent negative media coverage, police officers go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. These eight stories might make you see officers in a different light.
You know both professions play a pivotal role in the criminal justice system, but you have no idea how they differ from one another. How can you confidently choose your career path if you don’t know where each path leads?
You know you want to be a police officer, but you still want a little more information before making a commitment. We identified some of the most common questions someone in your shoes is likely asking.
If you've ever wondered what a day in the life of a probation officer looks like, or if you think you have what it takes to become one- you came to the right place! We summoned the pros to reveal some of the things they wish they knew before becoming a probation officer.
There are a handful of crime museums and historical sites that highlight criminal justice history, famous cases, hands-on crime exhibitions and more. Learn about eight criminal justice attractions that are sure to fascinate you!
The Rasmussen College criminal justice program is chock full of fascinating courses that will provide you the knowledge and hands-on training needed to succeed in law enforcement. Here's a sneak peek into five of the courses you can expect.
No matter where you fall on the spectrum of criminal justice jobs, if you want to work in a courthouse, there's a spot for you. We highlighted the most prominent positions and provided a bit of additional information about each one.
Part of being a well-equipped officer is maintaining peak physical condition. Police departments across the country conduct fitness testing when training and hiring officers. However, it's up to you to keep in shape. Check out this example of a police officer workout routine!
The Green Bay campus hosted a free panel discussion Sept. 10 concerning autism awareness and the relationships that currently exist between families and persons with autism and the local law enforcement community. Law enforcement and nursing students, along with community members and police officers, learned about autism, a neurobiological disorder, and how law enforcement officers can better handle situations when communicating with individuals with this disorder.
On most occasions, reading up on pension plans and retirement planning would probably put you to sleep. But there's a good reason to get excited if you're getting started in law enforcement. Changes to Minnesota's public employee pension plan have resulted in a substantial increase in retirements-which could open the door for a wave of new officers and promotions.
Social media sites have become an invaluable tool for police departments to solve crimes. Learn about the new ways social media and law enforcement go hand-in-hand in crime-solving and investigating.
Following industry blogs are a great source of education, conversation and motivation for paralegal hopefuls. We identified 14 of the top paralegal blogs that you can't afford to miss in 2014!
Twin Cities criminal justice student Anthony Kapets never thought he'd go to college. In fact, he says the idea seemed downright preposterous, admitting that he far from a model student in high school. But years later, after two enlistments in the military, Kapets is now on the front lines of a college education.
A panel of experts gathered to discuss careers in criminal justice. Watch the full video or check out our comprehensive guide of everything you need to know about opportunities in this field.
Now's the time to find that criminal justice job-you know, the one for which you've spent all this time preparing.
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.
Whether you're extremely detailed and organized or you love people and are great at communicating, there is a place for you in the paralegal world!
Every community depends on its local law enforcement personnel to protect and serve its residents, but which areas are currently in need of the most help? We created this handy map to help you determine which states have the most potential for aspiring police officers and sheriff's deputies. Using this tool will help you get to know the law enforcement landscape so you can start making a plan for your future.
Retired sheriff Currie Myers, Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies Dean, shares his thoughts on the meaning of National Police Week.
It takes a special mindset to pursue a career in law enforcement and often the motivations for becoming a police officer are wildly different from those in other careers. To keep with the spirit of National Police Week, we've asked Rasmussen College criminal justice students and graduates why they've chosen to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Justice Studies dean Currie Myers led the training. He spent his career working for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Kansas City Sheriff's Department.
Criminals don't care about the gender of a police officer-they don't fight extra hard to get away from males and they're certainly not worried about being courteous around female officers. You've got to be tough to make it in law enforcement, no matter your gender. Mankato, Minn., criminal justice student Stephanie Beighley knows all about that toughness as she works her way toward a career in the justice system.
What's the difference between a lawyer and a paralegal? The number of jokes made about them. Now that we've got that out of the way, we've decided to compare the two roles in terms of salary, career outlook, job duties and education required so you can decide which route into the legal field is the best option for you.
Becoming a law enforcement officer will allow you to continue being a great role model for your children and you'll get the added benefit of providing safety to your surrounding community.
It's easy to think all justice studies or criminal justice programs are the same-the skills you learn should be universal, no matter where you go to school, right? Not so fast. This article is written to highlight 10 facts that showcase how the Rasmussen College justice studies program distinguishes itself among its competition.
This first-of-its-kind training academy will be taught by Rasmussen College instructors and licensed deputies from the Cass County Sheriff's Department.
Do you want to be an everyday hero? Are you just the right amount of adventurous to think running into a burning building or racing through traffic to get to a terrible accident in order to save a life is something you'd want to do? Well then a career as a firefighter or emergency medical technician (EMT) might be right for you.
Police departments from Eagan, Apple Valley, Cambridge and the U.S. Army Reserves have already booked space in the firearms simulator and there's talk of allowing departments to hone their CSI skills in the crime lab. Local police departments will eventually be able to use the facility at no cost.
Reality shows aren't all about keeping up with the Kardashians, seeing who can last on the island the longest or which fashion star is the best. In fact, if you're interested in reality-based crime shows, there are plenty of options for you on Netflix.
What if there was a way to stop juvenile offenders before they commit more serious crimes? What if we turned away from incarceration and instead focused on recuperation? Community leaders and schools districts across America are turning to a new trend that just might provide the answers to these questions: restorative justice.
After completing his military career, Rob Johnson was unsure of what to do next with his life; what he did know was he wanted a career that would provide him with the same sense of pride he had from serving his country.
Four accomplished Minnesota law enforcement officials offered insight and their perspective to Rasmussen College law enforcement students in Eagan, Minn.
Police departments want you to know about local crime. That's why they're using Pinterest. Yes, the Pinterest of recipes, cute puppy photos and funny e-cards is helping cops catch criminals and bringing awareness to local communities.
A fire science degree is the best way to start your firefighting career. But is a degree really worth it? We say yes. Here's why.
But the win-at-all-costs attitude that has become a permanent fixture in sports programs across age groups in America is discouraging. Until players, parents and coaches all agree that winning, in fact, isn't everything, high school athletes will look for an edge wherever one can be found.
Responding to domestic violence cases and helping victms is tricky. Officers need to be inquisitive without being invasive; and they need to be compassionate yet remain neutral.
A panel of community professionals recently visited the School of Justice Studies Ocala campus to participate in an interactive and engaging discussion about students' future career options. Panelists were from the Department of Children and Family Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, The Federal Department of Corrections, a local bail bondsman and a paralegal.
Fire, Forensics, Fraud or Foul Play: Why Now's the Time to Consider a Career as a Criminal Investigator
If you're drawn to Sherlock Holmes-style whodunits and the perplexing paper trails built by the Bernie Madoffs of the world, maybe there's a future for you as a criminal investigator.
To say it's a dangerous job might be an understatement. Undercover officers come face-to-face with criminals dressed just like me or you. That means no radio, no bulletproof vest, no taser and no handcuffs - some of the critical tools you might associate with a law enforcement officer. Instead, all they have is a well-hidden gun (so not to give away their disguise) and a wire.
Patrol Officer vs. Sheriff's Deputy vs. Correctional Officer: Which Entry-Level Law Enforcement Job is Right for You?
We found 19,531 vacant jobs for police patrol officers, sheriff's deputies and correctional officers over the past year. We also narrowed down those job offerings into a state-by-state comparison so you'll know where in America the 10 hottest job markets are located.
The intangibles you gain from going to college also happen to be the cornerstones of police work in America. Turn your criminal justice degree into a law enforcement job.
This year's film Gangster Squad opened with Sgt. O'Mara stating "every man carries a badge," and although it's true every person has their loyalty tied to some concept or ideal, it is law enforcement officers who wear the badge of justice. With this week being National Police week - the time to honor and remember fallen officers - Capt. Paul Ebel from the Green Bay Police Department opened up about the importance of the police badge.
The brotherhood among law enforcement officers is more than a brotherhood; it runs much deeper than that. To us, law enforcement is not a job, it is a calling and all of us firmly believe we have been called by whatever higher power we believe in, to take on the daunting task of protecting the lives of others and helping them whenever we can.
Part of college is learning to fight distractions. They're all around us - from parties, to kids to smartphones and social media, it's easy to lose focus while working on an assignment or writing a paper. Brandi Johnson of Indianapolis was looking for a good distraction - one that would keep her busy all year long. It turns out school work is exactly what she needed.
When asked to reflect on my thoughts about National Police Week, I can't help but think of brotherhood. I have never experienced such a strong bond among individuals as I did in October 2005 when Kelly's husband Jonathan was killed in the line of duty during a high speed chase.
In the hours after police officer Tom Decker's death, I found myself hugging my husband, a police officer, as tightly as I could, crying and asking him not to go to work. He kissed me and told me that he loved me and headed out the door for what was going to be a very difficult shift. I quickly realized it wasn't fair for me to ask him not to go.
33 police-related apps to help current officers and future crime fighters. There's even a section on apps developed to keep the public safe.
Some experts have predicted that the paralegal profession will disappear over the next decade. We're not buying what they're selling and you shouldn't either.
In an age of frenzied social interaction, keep yourself informed about who is writing the most compelling crime-related articles.
From an early age, Jenna Haring says she's been interested in both law and government relations. It's the reason the School of Justice Studies graduate says she decided to pursue her Paralegal Associate's degree from the Rasmussen College Blaine campus.
Put down the Blu Ray remote and figure out how earning a degree can put you on the path to those international criminal justice jobs.
If you're a woman in law enforcement, earning a criminal justice degree could be the most direct path to your next promotion and the difference between success or failure in the field.
The right quote has the power to inspire, intrigue or even incite its reader or listener. To that end, we've compiled the following criminal justice quotes.
Now that you've narrowed down the Justice Studies career you would like to pursue, the next step is earning a degree. Depending on which area of the Justice Studies field you'd like to work in, there are numerous degree programs to help lay the educational foundation needed for this line of work.
This edition of the "What Should I Do with My Life?" series breaks down the different Justice Studies career possibilities.
Whether you want to bust down doors, prosecute perpetrators or study bullet striations, earning a bachelor's degree in a crime-related discipline might be the best place to start.
From Wyatt Earp's shootouts with cowboys to Bobby Kennedy's war on organized crime to the invention of forensic facial reconstruction, there are moments in history that have changed the course of criminal justice forever.
A tighter economy means job-hunters have to find evermore innovative ways to distinguish themselves. Networking through a professional association is a great way to do just that.
To the get the lowdown on a career path that promises 83,000 new jobs by 2020, we asked six professionals working in the field for some real-world advice for those looking to get into it.
what if I told you, the most serious and subversive threat facing 21st Century law enforcement isn't drug cartels, serial killers or even mafiosi. It is cybercriminals.
Law enforcement agencies are seeing a more sophisticated and pervasive brand of organized crime every day, and earning a degree is one way to make sure you're on the frontlines of the fight.
So, you have committed yourself to earning a criminal justice degree, you're excited about your coursework and you're intrigued by a life of public service, but there's a problem, you're not crazy about guns.
We are in an age where available jobs in criminal justice careers require job seekers to use all the available means to get hired. Competition for jobs can be challenging. Many students ask me, "What should I do to get the job I want?"
If you've convinced yourself that you're not big, strong or tough enough to hack it in a jail, prison or juvenile detention facility, think again.
Everywhere we look, regardless of network or cable package, crime dramas dominate television airwaves. But how factual are these shows?
In less than three minutes, Officer Chad Sanow's life changed forever. On Oct. 26, 2010, the Fairmont, Minn. police officer kissed his family goodbye, got in his squad car and responded to what he thought was a house fire. When he arrived, a man armed with a shotgun opened fire hitting him in the chest and again in the hip.
Are you looking for a way to maximize your potential in your current or future law enforcement career? By joining a professional association, you may do just that. Professional associations can be beneficial by expanding your experience and knowledge related to your justice studies degree.
Do you know you want a career that involves helping others? How about a career that can build character from interactions and relationships with coworkers, as well as keep your community safe? If you answered yes to these questions, you may want to consider pursuing a degree in fire science.
What do you make? It's a question I get asked often by my students who want to be a police officer because for whatever reason, they think law enforcement officers get paid well. I give my students the whole truth, and often times students become even more motivated to pursue a career in law enforcement because they didn't realize how honorable a profession it really is.
Some time ago I was asked if I could turn the clock back and create my own criminal justice program, what it would look like. The only stipulation is the program would help me get ready for a career in criminal justice for whatever specialization I wanted. When I was asked about the ideal criminal justice program, I could only smile because I knew I was already teaching in it.
There are several people to admire in the world, including women of the criminal justice and political arena. With so many encouraging and uplifting women in the world, how do you know who to follow and look up to? In today's world, there is a demand for women in the criminal justice field as women continue to be underrepresented in this career area.
Books are part of our everyday lives and are a learning model for students to apply to their future careers and goals. There are books out there that may not be your textbook for class, but still apply to your learning experience, and specifically, your learning experience in the Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies. We went to the experts, our School of Justice Studies faculty, and asked them what books they would recommend to their current or future students.
Rasmussen College and the Romeoville Fire Academy hosted a kickoff event for the new Fire Science degree program on September 12, 2012. The event was held at the Village of Romeoville Fire Station 3 in Romeoville, Ill. The Village of Romeoville Mayor, John D Novak, along with Village of Romeoville Fire Department Chief, Kent Adams spoke at the event. They addressed the unique partnership between Rasmussen College and the Romeoville Fire Academy to provide the skill set needed for those seeking a Fire Science career.
Remember in elementary school when you would get the weekly vocabulary list to bring home and memorize the definitions and spellings? In our daily lives, we are constantly learning new words and phrases, and as a student studying or looking to study in the field of criminal justice, there are some need-to-know criminal justice vocabulary words.
Becoming a firefighter is a noble career aspiration and one to be proud of. As a firefighter or someone looking to become a firefighter, you know it includes a lot of hard work, demanding hours, and time away from home. However, once you've completed that demanding schedule, you are granted time to unwind, allowing you to catch up on what's happening in your personal life, the world around you, and maybe even your online social community.
Are you currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice or thinking about a future in criminal justice? We want to keep you up-to-date on the lingo of today's criminal justice field; you may need to know these criminal justice terms if you're going to pursue a criminal justice position.
There are many opportunities to volunteer in your community, and many valuable reasons to contribute your time. With so many options to volunteer for organizations in your area, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which one is right for you. Don't stress! We have outlined some of the biggest options for local law enforcement volunteer opportunities to make your decision easier for you.
What do you want to do when you grow up? It's a question many of you probably wrote an essay about in grade school. Some of you may still be trying to answer that question. From a professional athlete to a doctor or firefighter, most of us had childhood dreams. Aaron Gelle of Blaine says he's wanted to be a police officer since he was seven years old.
In the career field of criminal justice, it takes someone with courage and the willingness to serve others before themselves, but where does that motivation come from? There are several places to gain motivation, including here on the Rasmussen College Justice Studies blog. We created a list of 11 justice studies quotes to remember and inspire you as you go through your day.
Remember back in elementary school when you would get the weekly vocabulary list to bring home and memorize the definitions and spellings? In our daily lives, we are constantly learning new words and phrases, and as a student studying or looking to study in the field of criminal justice, there are some need-to-know criminal justice vocabulary words.
You've seen them portrayed in movies and television, but do you know their whole story? How they were caught? Let's learn more about five of the most notorious criminals in U.S. history and how they were caught courtesy of the FBI.
Have you wondered what you could do with your Justice Studies degree? There's a path for everyone, and there are several opportunities and experiences in store for you.
You've done it! You have completed all of the required academic courses that you needed to earn your degree. Now, you will be tasked with applying that knowledge to the "real world." In order to obtain that dream job, there is one important thing you will have to do; interview. For many, interviews can be scary and intimidating.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. This year, National Police Week is May 13-19, and it is dedicated to honor the memory of all law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
On Saturday, April 28, 2012 the Rasmussen College Criminal Justice Club in Bloomington, Minnesota hosted the Bloomington Police Department on campus. Representing the Bloomington Police Department was Officer Mike Larson and his K-9 partner, Riggs.
Over one hundred corrections professionals from throughout Southern Minnesota returned to the classroom at the Rasmussen College Mankato campus on March 29, 2012 to sharpen their skills at the MCA Spring Workshop offerings.
Rasmussen College had the privilege to participate in the Minnesota State Law Enforcement Explorer's Academy March 31, 2012. The purpose of this academy is to provide law enforcement explorers, age 14-20 the chance to participate in a variety of scenarios to prepare them for the state competition held in Rochester, MN on April 19-21, 2012.
On April 3-4, 2012 Rasmussen College in Fargo, North Dakota hosted a Cass County Sheriff's department training on campus.
American prisons have been dealing with overcrowding for decades, requiring highly-trained and educated corrections officers to help maintain order for rehabilitation.
Psychology professionals study human behavior and mental processes through interpretation, observation, and analyzing how an individual functions with others and the surrounding environment.
We recently had the chance to interview Rasmussen College Online student who is pursuing an online degree in criminal justice. Learn more about her experiences with online courses and her path to a criminal justice career.
We had the opportunity to speak to Jessica Pieklo, a paralegal instructor and practicing lawyer about degree and career information for paralegals. This justice career allows you to utilize your organization and research skills to be the right hand person to a lawyer. Read more here:
When you think about careers in criminal justice, primetime TV might convince you that investigations are simple - the police discover a crime took place, uncover DNA and the case is therefore solved.
Have you always been fascinated with the CIA or FBI and their need to problem solve, perform intense missions, gather intelligence, and protect innocent citizens? If so, a career in Homeland Security may be a good fit for you. Our nation is in dire need for professionals who can protect and serve the country against disasters and potential terror threats.
If you grew up playing cops and robbers and rooting for the good guys, why not bring your childhood dreams into reality by pursuing a Law Enforcement Associate's degree?
Have you ever been compelled by what goes on in a court room? If so, becoming a paralegal or a legal assistant may be a step in the right direction for you and your career.
Maintaining order within a corrections facility may be one of the most exciting, demanding jobs a person can have today.
If you've always been fascinated by the reasoning of those who commit crimes, obtaining a Criminal Justice Associate's degree with a focus on psychology may lead you to a promising career.
Serving in the military often allows people to acquire a wide range of skills that better them as job applicants as well as individuals. If you've recently completed your time with the armed forces and are looking to begin a new career, why not put your leadership skills to use?
The benefits and rewards of obtaining an online degree from one of several online justice studies programs are vast.
Rasmussen College Criminal Justice students learn just how important the legal system is from a wrongfully accused man.
Learn more about the day in the life of a police officer through this provoking infographic.
Looking to pursue a law-oriented degree? This article explores career options for paralegals from an expert law copywriter.
Criminal justice instructor and police officer discusses a recent experience handling issues of discretion in the "field".
The ethical background of the officer- whether religious, natural, or cultural-influences all or decisions. Learn more about criminal justice instructor's take on ethics in law enforcement.
Students interested in furthering their education with a criminal justice degree must become acquainted with management information systems. Learn more about the importance of offender management systems in their careers.
Beyond the classroom, there's no better source of information for criminal justice students than the Internet. Blogs written by real criminal justice professionals, from law enforcement officers and security technologists to criminal investigators and forensic psychologists are a great supplement to your textbooks. We compiled 20 high quality criminal justice blogs that we think will help you gain an even better understanding of the criminal justice system.
This article will highlight the top 100 academic law feeds on Twitter...from law librarians, professors and schools, to paralegal instructors and criminal justice teachers.
The most confusing aspect in evaluating Supreme Court Justices surrounds the vocabulary used to describe them. If a Justice is labeled "liberal" they are most often associated with the Democratic Party and conversely "conservative" Justices are lopped in with the Republicans. This is not necessarily the case as the terms "liberal" and "conservative" refer to interpretation of the Constitution rather than political affiliation.