27 Jan Military Police, online JD Degree | Abraham Lincoln University
Serving in any of the United States Armed Forces can help one’s career options when time in the service is completed. Often, the area of specialization a service member focuses on is the area he or she finds full-time employment within the civilian sector. From electrical engineers to public relations officers, the Armed Forces provide vocational training that qualifies service men and women for a number of occupations outside of the military.
Military police men and women (commonly referred to as MPs) often seek jobs in law enforcement following their service. In the case of military police training, often state and local police departments will waive requirements for certificates or associate or bachelor’s degrees in lieu of the work experience provided by working as an MP.
One area where military police may also find an advantage in seeking employment is with federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI, ATF, DEA, and ICE. Each of those departments require at least a bachelor’s degree and three years of professional experience, but prefer applicants with both professional experience and an advanced degree in their area of specialization, namely master’s degrees in accounting, computer engineering, and other fields, or the Juris Doctor (JD) law degree. If said professional experience is within the military, an applicant is often preferred.
A few online colleges like Abraham Lincoln University offer online Juris Doctor programs that allow military service men and women to make progress toward, and obtain, their JD degrees while still in the Armed Forces. MPs who take advantage of an online law degree program who are interested in a career in federal law enforcement when their service is up will have a great advantage over many of the other applicants interested in such highly-competitive jobs: above-and-beyond work experience in the armed forces and an advanced degree.