LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Set the Bar High
Do you dream of making the world a safer, more just place? If so, a career in law and criminal justice could be just what you're looking for.
Which pathways are offered?
Law Enforcement—This pathway exposes students to careers in law enforcement with duties ranging from controlling traffic to preventing and investigating crimes. Law enforcement officers maintain order, enforce laws and ordinances, issue traffic summonses, investigate accidents, present evidence in court, serve legal documents for the court system, and apprehend, arrest, and process prisoners.
Legal Services—This pathway exposes students to careers in legal services, which affect nearly every aspect of society, from buying a home to crossing the street. Because they hold such vital positions of great responsibility, those in the legal services field must adhere to a strict code of ethics.
Security and Protective Services—This pathway prepares students to protect lives and property. Security personnel often work in public buildings such as museums and art galleries to protect paintings and exhibits. In factories, labs, government buildings, data processing centers, and military bases, security officers protect information, products, computer codes, and defense secrets. Their duties include checking the credentials of people and vehicles and inspecting packages.
What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*
Some of the jobs include:
What is the salary outlook?*
Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:
Which industry-recognized certifications and exams can my student prepare for?
Microsoft Office Specialist
Work-Based Learning Certifications:
Wisconsin Employability Skills Certificate
Wisconsin Youth Leadership Skills Certificate
*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, April 9, 2021.