Criminal Justice & Legal/Paralegal Careers
The history of Law and Criminal Justice dates back to ancient times, from third-millennium B.C. Mesopotamia to the Roman Empire up to the English Magna Carta, the U.S. Constitution, and beyond.
The Rule of Law in the U.S. is a part of the criminal justice system and comprises the courts, the prosecutors and defense attorneys, and the legal services workers that support them. Civil law is a set of rules that regulate transactions between individual people; criminal law's rules regulate actions that are dangerous or harmful to society at large. In criminal law cases, prosecutors represent the state against the defendant charged with the crime.
Law enforcement, protective and emergency services, and the corrections system provide the "order" in Law and Order. Together with the courts and attorneys, these services form the U.S. criminal justice system. Criminal Justice no longer includes public flogging or pillory imprisonment in the town square, but 21st-century technology and increased international conflict have given rise to new criminal justice degree specialties such as homeland security, emergency preparedness, and information security.
Read more about these careers and education they require:
- Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Careers
- Correctional System Officer Careers
- Firefighter Careers
- Homeland Security Careers
- The Boom in Homeland-Security and Emergency-Management Majors
- Information Security Careers
- Law Enforcement Careers
- Paralegal Careers
- Private Investigators and Detective Careers