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As you’re applying to the criminal justice program of your choice, start determining where you might like to specialize. Once you get into the top criminal justice college of your choice, you’ll want to make the most of your time. The most important part of preparing for your criminal justice degree is figuring out your specialty. Think about which field you’d like to learn more about or which field you might already have experience in:

- Legal System
- Crime Analysis
- Criminal Justice Management/Research
- Criminology
- Law Enforcement
- Economics and Crime
- Juvenile Justice
- Gender, Race, and Crime
- Sexuality
- Legal Reasoning
- Psychology of Crime
- Punishment and Corrections
- White Collar Crime


While you don’t have to commit exclusively to one specialty right away, it does help to narrow your focus early as possible. This way you can use the time in your degree program efficiently.

If you’ve thought it through and decided that criminal justice is the career track for you, there are 3 steps you can do to prepare for your college application:

  1. Research. Make a list of degree programs you’re interested in. Your degree program will be an indicator of which college you enroll in.
  2. Discuss. Talk to admissions counselors at your prospective schools to get a feel for what that school offers you. Find out how rigorous their degree programs are.
  3. Prepare. Many college applications have other components in addition to the application. Make sure you’ve taken all the required tests and completed the necessary essays.

 
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