You were always the person in your group of friends who followed the rules, never TPing, prank phone calling, staying out past curfew, or even speeding 3 mph over the limit. And to this very day, you refuse to put a toe out of line. You’re already a hardcore follower of every letter of the law, so why not get paid it?
Your options in criminal justice are far and wide — and jobs in this field are on the rise. In fact, police and detective jobs are forecasted to rise by 10% now until 2018,* and cybersecurity is more in demand as technology advances and integrates itself into society. Average salary varies greatly depending on the discipline you are interested in (e.g., $27,000 average security guard salary to $75,000 average homicide detective salary).*
Your passion to protect, service, and investigate exists without a question. Now all it takes is putting that into motion. You see what is right and wrong — and you want to fix the wrong to make the community a safer place. How you do it is up to you. Start your path to criminal justice today.*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook *Satisfaction in the Practice of Law: Findings from a Long-Term Study of Attorneys' Careers
Virginia Commonwealth University offers 13 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 695 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 628 Bachelor's degrees, 56 Master's degrees, and 11 Certificates.
Liberty University offers 30 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,344 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 670 Bachelor's degrees, 407 Master's degrees, 130 Associate's degrees, 87 Certificates, and 50 Doctoral degrees.
Looking to study law in our nation’s capital? Mason’s law school, appropriately named after the patriot who drafted the document on which the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights is based, is just two miles from Washington, D.C. Travel time from the Arlington, Va., campus to the Federal Triangle is a mere 14 minutes via the Metro subway. This makes it easy for law students to take advantage of the immense legal resources and field opportunities D.C. offers. The school is particularly strong in intellectual property and patent law, and no doubt the nearby U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which has sole appellate jurisdiction over patent cases) play a major role in that success. The campus itself is host to the Law and Economics Center, the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, and the Information Economy Project. The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic and the Law and Mental Illness Clinic offer students the opportunity to earn credit for hands-on work with real clients. The law school enrolls about 550 students – roughly half of whom are state residents – and offers both day and evening programs.
University of Virginia-Main Campus offers 5 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small suburb. In 2019, 490 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 294 Doctoral degrees, 166 Certificates, and 30 Master's degrees.
University of Richmond offers 6 Legal and Law degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 149 Legal and Law students graduated with students earning 122 Doctoral degrees, 13 Certificates, 7 Bachelor's degrees, and 7 Master's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA||23 : 1||29,757|
|Liberty University Lynchburg, VA||83 : 1||85,586|
|University of Management and Technology Arlington, VA||5 : 1||342|
|George Mason University Fairfax, VA||27 : 1||37,863|
|Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA||81 : 1||51,822|
|Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA||27 : 1||23,675|
|Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA||66 : 1||19,064|
|Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA||79 : 1||7,225|
|Radford University Radford, VA||22 : 1||11,870|
|Regent University Virginia Beach, VA||75 : 1||10,365|
|Appalachian School of Law Grundy, VA||9 : 1||164|
|Southwest Virginia Community College Cedar Bluff, VA||60 : 1||2,338|
|Mountain Empire Community College Big Stone Gap, VA||55 : 1||2,313|
|Southside Virginia Community College Alberta, VA||60 : 1||3,219|
|J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Richmond, VA||75 : 1||8,711|
|University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA||16 : 1||25,012|
|Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA||67 : 1||7,314|
|University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA||9 : 1||3,914|
|Bryant & Stratton College-Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA||45 : 1||1,761|
|Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave, VA||58 : 1||3,834|