Preparing for Justice and Security School



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Preparing for Justice and Security School

Justice and security is a very competitive field. So if you are thinking about going to college or university in a justice and security related program, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school in order to plan your high school courses appropriately. The specific program you apply for will determine exactly what you should have on your high school transcript; however, most undergraduate programs in justice and security require that you have taken courses in English, math, social science and science. Computer skills and foreign language courses are also extremely beneficial and sometimes required. Remember that this is an interdisciplinary field of study, so the more breadth you have the better prepared you'll be for the schools that make your list. But be sure you don't sacrifice quality for quantity: keep your grades up, since at some schools the minimum average for admission can be as high as 80 or even 90%!

If you are still in high school and planning your future in a justice and security program, there are several additional things you can do to prepare for success aside from earning good grades.

  • Undertake to read and study independently. This will help you develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve the vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for these specialized programs. You will also be well-prepared if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and concepts specific to this area of study.


  • Because these programs involve the handling of sensitive information and critical situations, admissions committees for justice and security programs are also concerned with an applicant's personal qualities. One way to develop these qualities is by participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs, whether related to your area of interest or not. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.


  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving internship, field work or other public interaction components, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.


  • Prove you're serious. Programs in justice and security take a lot of focused work, and taking classes in CPR, first aid or other safety courses can show the admissions committee you are dedicated. In fact, these may be required for admission in some cases.


  • Stay out of trouble! Many of these programs require a criminal record check and reference letters testifying to your character. You want your past to show that you are a responsible, mature applicant, so don't just stay out of trouble, show that you are interested in making a positive contribution to your society.

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    Regent University is one of the nation’s leading academic centers for Christian thought and action.

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