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"I have been interested in pursuing a profession as an attorney. Interning with Bell County Circuit Court Judge James Bowling and assisting with jury selection and in processing case files has boosted my self-assurance. When I graduate, I plan to attend law school at the University of Tennessee."
"I was drawn to the Criminal Justice Program at LMU because the faculty are sensitive to the needs of the individuals. I plan to work in the court system as a juvenile case supervisor; and through the internship program, I'll have an opportunity to work in the court system prior to graduation."
To inquire about this program:
Do you want a career that makes a difference? Do you want to have a positive impact on people's daily lives? Then consider LMU's Criminal Justice program. With a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system--you'll learn about everything from law enforcement and corrections to the courts and the juvenile justice system--you'll gain the knowledge and experience that will prepare you for a career in law or in law enforcement.
Bachelor of Arts
LMU's experienced faculty include an Assistant District Attorney General for the 8th Judicial District and a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Small class size translates into more personal interactions with fellow students and your professors. Most classes in the program have 30 or fewer students, which allows faculty to provide you with the individualized attention you need.
To ensure the quality of our curriculum, we've created a Criminal Justice Curriculum Advisory Board, which brings together academics and criminal justice professionals to develop courses that comply with the ACJS academic standards and provide you with diverse educational experiences.
We offer a senior seminar as a capstone course in which students develop an original research project related to their interests in criminal justice. Using the concepts, theories, and skills you've learned in previous classes, you'll apply that knowledge to practical criminal justice issues.
Four Year Plan
Criminal Justice- Four Year Plan
Majors in the program take courses covering:
- Introduction of Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Law Enforcement
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Introduction to Courts
- Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
- Criminal Justice Ethics
- Introduction to Criminology
- Introduction to Corrections
- Juvenile Justice
- Senior Seminar
A minor is also available, which currently requires:
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Criminal Law
- Introduction to Criminology
- Three electives in Criminal Justice
All criminal justice majors are required to complete a field internship in a local, state, or federal criminal justice agencies. This real-world experience allows you to apply what you've learned in the classroom, gain valuable work experience, and an opportunity to foster professional contacts, all of which are useful once you begin your career.
Currently, our students intern with the following agencies:
- Attorney General's Office, 8th Judicial District
- Bell County Circuit Court
- Claiborne County Sheriff's Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Graduates of LMU's program are prepared for work in:
- Law enforcement
- Criminal investigations
- Crime prevention
- Juvenile intervention
- Victim assistance programs
- Court administration
- Prisons, jails, penology
- Private and corporate security
- Drug enforcement & interdiction
- FBI, ATF, state bureaus of investigation
- Probation or parole offices
- Law school
- Graduate education in criminal justice
Clubs & Organizations
The Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Society is open to all students interested in criminal justice or legal issues. Along with organizing a number of community service and campus awareness projects, the organization brings guest speakers to campus and coordinates several field trips and social gatherings throughout the year.
LMU also sponsors a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, which selects criminal justice and pre-law majors who meet the academic eligibility criteria. Membership is a sign of high achievement and an indicator of student success, both of which are important to many employers.