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Online Law Degree for Legal Career

iStock_000021652636XLargeIs a Career in Legal Studies Right for You?

Have you always had an interest in the law since you were young? If so, fulfilling those dreams with a career in legal studies or criminal justice is worth serious consideration. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that some careers in the field of criminal justice will grow by 2018.*

Knowing this, Abraham Lincoln University’s Master of Science in Law, Bachelor Degree in Legal Studies and Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice are all designed to prepare you to learn the many different concepts of law needed to help you succeed in this growing and demanding field.

Below is a brief explanation of the accredited degree choices you have when enrolling in Abraham Lincoln University’s 100% online Legal Studies and Criminal Justice programs.

If you find yourself needing the legal knowledge and understanding to operate more effectively in your current career or are looking to expand your career opportunities, the Master of Science in Law degree at ALU could be a good fit for you.

Master of Science in Law

In the Master of Science in Law degree you will be able to custom-tailor your area of emphasis in the field of law by choosing from career-oriented elective courses such as: employment law, intellectual property law, real estate law, business law, healthcare law, elder law, communication law, international business law, banking law, and securities law.

In addition to these electives, you will also gain a solid understanding in the core courses of Contracts, Torts and Criminal law, and delve into exciting cases and deep concepts of the legal field.

Another great opportunity to increase your knowledge of the legal system and how it relates to the courts and lawyers is the Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies

In this program, you will learn about immigration law, environmental law, intellectual property, laws of criminal evidence and criminal procedure for the legal professionals.

This program provides a solid foundation for anyone looking for academic and career advancement opportunities.

If you have a specific interest, however, in law enforcement and and the maintenance of public order, then a degree in Criminal Justice may be more appealing for you.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice degree exposes you to many Homeland Security courses such as: History of Terrorism, International Disaster Management, Crisis Management, Risk Analysis, Transportation and Cargo Security, Emergency Resource Planning, together with investigation of sex crimes, evidence handling, crime scene investigation, drug enforcement, arson, security systems, procedures and developments.

If you choose to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree at ALU, you will also learn important skills related to being a first responder and investigation of terrorism.

Economic Outlook for Criminal Justice Jobs

When choosing a career, it’s important to view the job outlook for your desired profession.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for some criminal justice jobs is stable and growing.

Below are showcased a few of the top criminal justice jobs that many of our graduates have secured after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

  • Paralegal –  According to the BLS, “employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”* The median salary for paralegals is currently just under $47,000.

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  • Security Guards – “Employment of security guards and gaming surveillance officers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job opportunities should be excellent, especially for security guards.”  (Source: BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook, Security Guards)
  • Private Investigators – The BLS also states, “Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for private detectives and investigators will stem from security concerns and the need to protect confidential information. Strong competition can be expected for jobs.” (Source: BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook,  Private Investigators)

Potential Legal Careers
When researching your options and available courses, the field of law can seem very broad at first glance. But this also allows for a wide variety of concentrations within the field depending on your particular interests. Students who earn a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies degree can pursue the following careers:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Clerk
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Security Guard
  • Criminal Justice Instructor/Teacher
  • Juvenile Instruction Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • ICE Agent

As you can see, there are plenty of options to pursue in the field of legal studies and criminal justice, and many of those are on the rise in terms of demand for job seekers.

If you have any questions about the specific programs ALU offers, please contact us using the online chat located in the lower right corner of your screen, or give us a call at 1-866-558-0999. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have and help point you in the right direction for your particular education needs.

About Abraham Lincoln University
Abraham Lincoln University is a prominent online college located in Los Angeles, California.

Founded in 1996,  ALU is one one of the nation’s top online law schools. Our programs include a variety of top-notch selections including:

By receiving an online, nationally accredited degree through ALU, you can continue in your current career while attending to your coursework on your own time.

ALU offers interactive, live online classes as well as recorded lectures for those who are not able to attend during the live broadcast. At ALU, we are constantly looking for ways to harness the advantages of technology to deliver a learning experience that is both convenient and beneficial for our students.

For more information, simply fill out the form on this page and an ALU representative will be glad to assist you and answer any questions you may have.
Abraham Lincoln University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (www.detc.org). The Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.For more information about our accreditation and additional disclosures, click here.

Sources:
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2009/11/art5full.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (visited October 01, 2014).

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