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Is a Career in the Justice System Right for You?


Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies for students who wish to pursue a fulfilling and impactful career in law or law enforcement. Students in this program learn about the analytics and technology that are defining the future of law enforcement as well as topics that cover various areas of the law, case law interpretation, criminal procedure and public policy. The Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies program can help you develop the skills that you need to pursue a career in the justice system. Continue reading to learn some questions you should consider when deciding if a career in the justice system is right for you:

Do you want to serve your community?

A career in the justice system can provide you with an ideal foundation for serving your community. Positions are available at local, county, state and federal levels, and this field contains many subfields, such as homeland security, academia, corrections, forensic science, private security and legal services.

Do you have a clean criminal record?

It’s common for justice system employers to overlook minor misdemeanors and sometimes drunk driving charges when considering job applicants. However, having a mostly clean criminal record is an important consideration if you’re interested in a career in the justice system. Commonly, having a drug charge or felony conviction will disqualify you from employment in many justice system positions.

Do you have an interest in the law?

Finally, having a desire to understand and enforce the law is important when it comes to pursuing a successful and enjoyable career in the justice system. Earning a degree in criminal justice will provide you with legal training and can prepare you to pursue careers that involve contract review, licensing, regulatory compliance, criminal law, civil law, case management, investigation and policing.

If you believe that a career in the justice system is right for you and you would like to learn more, then visit our website or use the Request More Information button on this page.