South College

School of Legal Studies

Do you want to make the world a better place? Our programs in the School of Legal Studies can prepare you to create the change in society you hope to see.

Exploring Professional Pathways in the Legal System

Everyone who serves in the legal system shares a common mission: to serve, protect, and bring about positive change. Working in legal studies or criminal justice can give you the opportunity to help people in all walks of life assert their rights.

Criminal justice professional focus on criminal behavior and the reasons behind it. Legal studies professionals focus on the law and how it is applied. No matter the path you choose, South College is here to provide you with quality education and personalized programs to help your dreams find direction.

Characteristics of Criminal Justice and Paralegal Roles
  • Criminal justice consists of law enforcement, victim advocacy, and corrections.
  • Many criminal justice professionals work in areas like physical security, asset protection, cybercrime detection, civil and criminal investigations, and parole and probation enforcement.
  • Criminal justice roles in the public sector often focus on public safety, homeland security, and social services.
  • Commonly working at private law firms, banks, insurance companies, title and mortgage companies, and government agencies, paralegals organize and manage case files, conduct legal research, and draft legal documents under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Excellent communication, critical thinking, analytical, and decision-making skills are vital to all roles in criminal justice and the legal system.
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