Law & Justice Pathway
Pathway by Grade
Science: Physics or AP Physics
Math: CMIC 1, 1/2, or 2/3
Social Studies: Econ/Gov or CP
English: English 9 or CP
Elective: PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science
Science: Chemistry or AP
Math: CMIC 2, 3, or 4
Social Studies: World History or AP
English: English 10 or CP
Elective: Criminal Justice
Math: AP Statistics
Social Studies: US History or AP
English: American Literature or AP Language
Elective Choices (Choose 2): Business Law, Psychology, or Sociology
Social Studies: AP Government (Capstone Class)
English: AP Literature or Speech
Math & Science: Your choice
Recommended Elective: AP Psychology
(Adapted from BigFuture by The College Board)
A number of majors in the field of law and justice train students to work in a particular career.
Corrections: Corrections majors study prison life and consider ways to make prisons better. This includes looking at the day-to-day challenges of funding and running prisons, other correctional facilities and correctional programs.
Criminology: Criminology majors also study the justice system, but their main goal is to understand crime itself. They investigate the causes of crime and try to get inside the criminal mind.
Forensic Science: Forensic scientists collect evidence at crime scenes and analyze that evidence in a lab, and they are becoming increasingly important to criminal investigations as science and technology advance. Some schools offer forensic science to undergraduates, but most recommend a major in one of the life or physical sciences followed by graduate work to prepare for this field.
Legal Studies and Criminal Justice: These are both wide-ranging majors that give students a chance to take courses in many subjects. While there's a great deal of overlap between them, they are distinct.
Legal studies mainly deals with the theories behind the law and the way legal issues affect society. Criminal justice programs may also look at theoretical questions about crime, the law and the justice system. But students in this major often take a more applied approach, for example, by examining how law enforcement agencies and the judicial system operate.
Paralegal Studies: You can even have a career in law with a two-year degree. Paralegal majors learn research and writing skills as well as the legal facts that make paralegals an invaluable part of any legal team.
Police Science: If you are interested in police work, you can jump-start your career with a major in police science. This program covers every aspect of the job, from investigating crimes to building relationships in the community you’ll serve.
Pre Law: You may have heard about prelaw programs. Most schools don’t offer a prelaw major. Prelaw is generally an academic advising program. As a prelaw student in one of these programs, you'll meet with an advisor who will help you with the following tasks: