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Law and Justice

Career Paths

Whether you are a current student or just starting to explore Law and Justice as a possible major, you are probably thinking about life after school. Since the Law and Justice program is designed to prepare its students for real world work, most students go straight from graduation to employment.

The following sites are some of the best resources on the Internet for job listings and information on careers in the law and justice field.

For general career information, like how much a police officer makes or how many jobs there will be for lawyers in the next 5 years, the very best resource on the internet is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Everything from statistics to information on hundreds of different careers is available. The most current career information can usually be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

When it comes time to search for your new career, Central Washington University's Career Services department provides a number of very useful links to employment resources. The best place to start is the Criminal Justice careers page, which includes a list of representative jobs, the skills applicants are expected to have, and a long list of recommended job search links directly related to the law and justice field. If you want to widen your search a bit, the Federal Jobs page lists a number of websites listing federal employment opportunities. Finally, it's always worth checking the links on the Job & Internship Links page for information on networking, job searching, and finding internships during your time at CWU.

Suggested Courses for Career Paths

The classes you take during your time in the law and justice program may vary depending on the career path you intend to follow after graduation. This is a list of some common law and justice careers and some suggestions for classes that might be of particular use or interest. Please keep in mind that these are only guidelines; some courses may not be available at your location or during your time in the program.

This list is also available as a downloadable document (37KB .doc).

Court Administration | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Paralegal/Legal Assistant | Probation Officer/Correctional Officer | Social Service/Non-Profit Agency | Wildlife Agent | Forensics

Grad School: Law School | Other Fields

Court Administration (court clerk, bailiff)

LAJ 311Family Law
LAJ 317Introduction to Paralegal Studies
LAJ 317Introduction to Civil Practice
LAJ 342Juvenile Justice Process
LAJ 410Legal Writing
LAJ 402African Americans and the Constitution
LAJ 403Sexual Minorities in Law and Justice
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
LAJ 452Domestic Violence Issues
LAJ 490Co-op (internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Juvenile Justice (counselor, case worker)

LAJ 324Correctional Law
LAJ 326Correctional Counseling
LAJ 327Community Corrections
LAJ 332Police Community Relations
LAJ 342Juvenile Justice Process
LAJ 402African Americans and the Constitution
LAJ 403Sexual Minorities in Law and Justice
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 426Advanced Correctional Counseling
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
LAJ 452Domestic Violence Issues
LAJ 450Report Writing
LAJ 490Co-Op (Internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Law Enforcement

LAJ 331Investigation
LAJ 332Police Community Relations
LAJ 333Police Personnel Administration
LAJ 402African Americans and the Constitution
LAJ 403Sexual Minorities in Law and Justice
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
LAJ 450Report Writing
LAJ 452Domestic Violence Issues
LAJ 460Terrorism
LAJ 490Co-Op (Internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

LAJ 311Family Law
LAJ 317Introduction to Paralegal Studies
LAJ 317Introduction to Civil Practice
LAJ 410Legal Writing
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
LAJ 490Co-op (internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Probation Officer/Correctional Officer

LAJ 324Correctional Law
LAJ 326Correctional Counseling
LAJ 327Community Corrections
LAJ 402African Americans and the Constitution
LAJ 403Sexual Minorities in Law and Justice
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 426Advanced Correctional Counseling
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
LAJ 450Report Writing
LAJ 490Co-Op (Internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Social Service/Non-Profit Agency

LAJ 311Family Law
LAJ 317Introduction to Civil Practice
LAJ 326Correctional Counseling
LAJ 402African Americans and the Constitution
LAJ 403Sexual Minorities in Law and Justice
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 426Advanced Correctional Counseling
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
LAJ 342Juvenile Justice Process
LAJ 453Domestic Violence Issues
LAJ 490Co-op (internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Wildlife Agent

LAJ 331Investigation
LAJ 332Police Community Relations
LAJ 333Police Personnel Administration
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
LAJ 450Report Writing
LAJ 460Terrorism
LAJ 490Co-Op (Internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Biology minor (offered only in Ellensburg)

Biology Course Electives in minor: Biology Courses other than 101 require corresponding chemistry as co- or prerequisite.

BIOL 360General Ecology
BIOL 341Plant Taxonomy
BIOL 450Ichthyology
BIOL 451Herpetology
BIOL 453Mammalogy

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Forensics

Science Major is recommended (biology, chemistry ect.) which is only offered in Ellensburg coupled with a LAJ Major/Minor.

Graduate School

Law School

Law schools look at the rigor of the courses you take, not just the grades. Writing- and reading-intensive courses are important, as is logic and analysis. They also look for community service or service in an area of law that you are interested in.

PHIL 201Introduction to Logic
LAJ 311Family Law
LAJ 317Introduction to Paralegal Studies
LAJ 317Introduction to Civil Practice
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 410Legal Writing
LAJ 440Basic Mediation
POSC 451Introduction to Constitutional Law
LAJ 490Co-op (internship)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

Criminal Justice, Counseling, Organizational Development, Public Administration

Your course selection will depend on the type of graduate program you are targeting. Please see your advisor for more information.

Psy 300Research Methods in Psychology
Psy 361Introductory Statistics
Psy 363Intermediate Statistics
LAJ 327Community Corrections
LAJ 333Police Personnel Administration
LAJ 342Juvenile Justice Process
LAJ 350Criminal Justice and Media
LAJ 403Sexual Minorities in Law and Justice
LAJ 420Community and Social Justice
LAJ 453Domestic Violence Issues
LAJ 490Co-Op (Internship)
LAJ 495Directed Research (with SOURCE presentation if possible)

(Listed classes are suggestions, not requirements.)

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