Legal System Careers
Why Major in Psychology?
The legal system interacts with people during some of the most stressful and difficult times in their lives. An understanding of why people behave the way they do and ways to produce behavior change is necessary. Studying psychology provides students with an understanding of the many factors that influence behavior—from brain mechanisms, to family and friends, personality, and mental health issues. Coursework required for the psychology major also allows students to develop strong analytical skills. .
Attorneys use these skills to evaluate legal issues and determine the best course of action for their clients.Counselors help individuals understand and deal with issues that lead them to criminal behavior. Clinical Psychologists might be involved in assessing competency to stand trial or doing custody evaluations.
Sample job titles with a bachelor’s degree
Loss Prevention Specialist
Sample job titles with a master’s degree
Sample job titles with a doctoral degree
Students who plan to pursue law enforcement professions should take relevant courses (and maybe earn a minor) from Sociology, Criminology and Human Relations. Students planning to attend law school should take classes in Philosophy and Political Science as electives.