What to Expect
King’s offers two areas of study in the legal area: Criminal Justice and Pre-Law. While Criminal Justice studies the processes, institutions and administration of criminal justice in the U.S; our Pre-Law program assists students who are interested in the legal profession to prepare for law school. While Pre-Law students can select any major, English and the social sciences are popular choices. The sciences are also becoming popular choices as these disciplines require students to continuously analyze information which builds their analytical skills and helps them to score higher on the LSAT.
Many students select Criminal Justice with the intent of working in a “CSI”-type lab but there are also many other career paths a CJ major might take, including:
- Business (global intelligence, internet security, loss and prevention)
- Education (teaching, administration)
- Social Services (counseling, corrections, probation and parole, victim advocacy)
- Judiciary and Law (legal assistance, court reporting)
- Law Enforcement (forensics, investigating, patrolling, security)
If your career goals are to work in forensics, it is suggested you minor in forensic studies and/or complete a double major in CJ and a science (such as biology or chemistry) and plan to earn a master’s degree in Forensic Studies or a related discipline.
Pre-Law students graduate with the immediate goal of taking the LSAT and gaining admission to law school. Upon graduating from law school and passing the bar, the majority go into:
- Private practice (corporate, criminal, civil and estate law)
- Judicial law
- Military law
- Public interest law
Here are just a few examples of job positions, workplaces and institutions where our alumni have found success:
- Boston College Law School, J.D., Boston, Mass.
- John Jay College of Criminal Justice, graduate student New York City, N.Y.
- New Jersey State Police, State Trooper, N.J.
- Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Ind.
- Penn State University, MA, Criminal Justice, State College, Pa.
- U.S. Secret Service, Intelligence Research Specialist, Washington, D.C.
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D., Villanova, Pa.