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College and University - Criminal Justice

Some kids have the ambition of being a detective, like those that they see on TV. From Inspector Gadget to Sherlock Holmes, kids can see that detective work leads to a lot of problem-solving and putting puzzle pieces together. For some of them, they love the thrill of that kind of job.

Some would also like to get into law enforcement. In other words, this is police work, which has a lot to do with keeping the peace of a community and responding to domestic threats.

Careers in these fields would be great for graduates of Criminal Justice courses. There are many qualifications that can be taken at varying levels, from certificate courses to masters degrees. Courses in criminal justice cover themes such as juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, judicial processes, and legal matters.

One important thing that students would learn is how the courts work. In the US, there are two levels: state courts and federal courts. Criminal Justice courses would discuss the similarities and differences between the two, as well as what processes each one does. How prosecution and appeals work are also things students would learn about. For a primer on this, there are certain videos on Teachertube.com like “The Criminal Trial Process.”

Proving a criminal’s guilt is a big challenge in the area of criminal justice. Thus, students would also know the techniques and legalities of proving someone guilty of a crime. They would be trained on how to collect and evaluate evidence, as well as how to make sense of the connections between each piece of evidence.

Another useful topic has to do with young people who break the law. These offenders, otherwise known as juvenile delinquents, are not yet of legal age yet have already committed acts that are considered crimes. From burglary to homicide, kids can be capable of crime themselves. What students of criminal justice would learn is how to deal with them, as well as how to prevent young people from doing criminal acts in the first place.