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BS in Criminal Justice - Legal Studies and Advocacy

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and Advocacy program is designed to provide students with knowledge of how to become an advocate and voice for justice. Continue reading for more information on this online bachelor's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and Advocacy

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals considering SNHU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and Advocacy should have an interest in the criminal justice system as well as a desire to help others or work in victim support. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and Advocacy program have the opportunity to examine a variety of civilian positions in the American legal system, such as those related to victim advocacy and support, intervention, and sentencing alternatives. Students can also get an overview of the American legal system as well as the fundamentals of psychology, sociology, and criminal law. The concentration courses help students develop a deep understanding of crime victims and what it means to be victimized as well as discover how the current criminal justice system helps and responds to these individuals. Additional courses cover administrative law theory and practice, the role of the legal system in family maintenance, and forensic psychology.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and Advocacy:

Criminal Justice Major Courses

  • JUS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 202: Writing for the Criminal Justice Profession
  • CJ 104: Ethics and the Criminal Justice Leader
  • CJ 300: Research Methods for Criminal Justice
  • JUS 261: Judicial Administration
  • JUS 305: International Criminal Justice
  • JUS 331: Juvenile Justice System
  • JUS 375: Criminal Law
  • JUS 455: Legal Traditions
  • CJ 480: Capstone in Criminal Justice

Legal Studies and Advocacy Concentration Courses

  • JUS 215: The Victim and the Justice System
  • JUS 325: Law, Justice and Family
  • JUS 496: Administrative Law
  • PSY 205: Forensic Psychology

General Education Courses

  • 12 credits of Foundation Area courses
  • 24 credits of Exploration Area courses
  • 9 credits of Integration Area courses

Free Electives

  • 24 credits of free elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a concentration in Legal Studies and Advocacy may choose to continue their education through a graduate program. Individuals who wish to seek an advanced career, such as where they focus on administration or help set public policy, may choose to enroll in a master's degree program. Those who wish to practice law must first earn a Juris Doctor degree.

Related graduate degree programs include:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Juris Doctor

Career Paths:

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and Advocacy from SNHU, graduates could seek employment in a variety of child and family services, human services, or victims' rights advocacy settings. They might also apply to positions in social work, non-profit, government and community services organizations. Some of the positions graduates might pursue include:

  • Human Services Manager
  • Victims' Rights Advocate
  • Parole Officer
  • Community Service Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Court Official

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