5 Reasons Why a Career in Criminal Justice Might Be Right for You

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The current craze for true crime has resulted in more and more people looking to the criminal justice system as a potential future career or career change. As with all jobs, certain people will be more suited to the role than others and, in this article, we’ll be looking at five signs that you might suit a career in criminal justice. 

You’ve Got a Curious Mind

If you’re looking at a career in the realms of the criminal investigator, detective, or even private detective, curiosity needs to be your principal attribute. While law enforcement often has a playbook to follow, most law enforcement professionals know that this needs to be combined with a flexible and curious mind to allow them to follow hunches and adapt to new situations.

You’re Persistent

There’s no doubt about it, a career in the criminal justice system can be challenging. In order to excel in criminal justice, you’ll need to have the persistence to work on hard cases and overcome obstacles. If you someone for whom the ability to carry on despite opposition or resistance comes naturally, then criminal justice might be the career path for you.

You’re a Team Player

Few if any professionals in the criminal justice system work on their own. They are all part of a team and that team working together smoothly is what makes them so effective. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys working as part of a team, or even the kind of person who excels at leading a team, then you might consider a career in criminal justice.

You Have Empathy

Part of working in the criminal justice system is dealing with distressing situations and distressed people. In order to do that effectively, you need to be able to empathize with people. 

 

This doesn’t just mean the victims either. Many of those who are driven to commit crime do so out of desperation and part of working in the many different fields of the criminal justice system requires the desire to genuinely help rehabilitate such individuals.

But You’re Not Afraid of Conflict

No one likes conflict and even those working in the criminal justice system would prefer to avoid it, but the reality is that working in the criminal justice system means coming into conflict with others.

 

A career in criminal justice doesn’t mean you go looking for conflict, but in order to excel in this sector, you need to be the kind of person who is happy to ask the hard questions when they need to.

Qualifying For Your Future

Gaining a qualification from our Criminal Justice School puts you in an excellent position to access a variety of employment opportunities as you look for one that suits your skills and interests. At Northwest Career College, our Criminal Justice instructors include licensed, practicing attorneys and degree instructors able to teach, not only the law but also to guide our students in the many ways a criminal justice graduate integrates into a Las Vegas legal profession.

 

As part of our Criminal Justice Program, you’ll visit courts, jails, meditation centers and more to experience first-hand the law in action which will make your criminal justice training applicable to the Las Vegas legal system. Northwest offers a flexible blended program with all criminal justice classes Las Vegas law classes taught on campus by an attorney and general education courses offered online. Our experienced instructors are on-campus to review and support your learning experience at all times. 

 

Call us at (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment team about joining our Criminal Justice Program today!

 

Written by:

Lisa Myers, J.D., L.L.M.
Legal Studies Department Director
J.D. L.L.M. Campbell University
B.A. Corllins University