Do you see yourself as an investigator, interviewing clients and witnesses, collecting, preserving or preparing evidence, preparing cases for presentation to a judge or jury, or working with forensic experts? If you’re interested in a career as a criminal or civil investigator in a state or federal agency, or in the private sector in a law firm, corporation, or consulting firm, a degree in legal studies with a major in Forensic Studies might be the key to your future.
You’ve seen forensics on television, but the criminal applications of forensics you see portrayed (often inaccurately) on television only touch the surface of the fascinating realm of forensics. At Bay Path we bring experts into the classroom to teach you in depth about a field of study that is broader and offers far more opportunities than what we see on television. This interdisciplinary major encourages students to go beyond the confines of traditional disciplines as they learn how the law uses forensic evidence and the testimony of forensic experts from different fields in both criminal and civil proceedings.
In the Forensic Studies program, you will:
Study the procedures involved in criminal and civil investigation and litigation
Explore topics related to crime scene documentation and evidence collection, handling and preservation
Learn how to prepare and preserve exhibits for use in legal proceedings
Master the analytical procedures used in evidence collection and criminalistics
Complete a forensic studies internship
As students you will be exposed to such topics as the collection, handling, and preservation of evidence; the preparation and preservation of exhibits for use in courts and tribunals; crime scene documentation; and various analytical procedures used in evidence collection and criminalistics.
As a result of my hard work and support from my professors, I was awarded with a coveted internship at the naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, Virginia. While working for NCIS, I was able to go to crime scenes, learn how this government agency works, read and write reports, help with witness interviews, review cases, and work alongside seasoned Special Agents!" - Ashley, Forensic Studies Major
PLEASE NOTE: A PARALEGAL MAY WORK ONLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN ATTORNEY AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW. THE ABA DEFINES A PARALEGAL OR LEGAL ASSISTANT AS "A PERSON, QUALIFIED BY EDUCATION, TRAINING OR WORK EXPERIENCE WHO IS EMPLOYED OR RETAINED BY A LAWYER, LAW OFFICE, CORPORATION, GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY OR OTHER ENTITY AND WHO PERFORMS SPECIFICALLY DELEGATED SUBSTANTIVE LEGAL WORK FOR WHICH A LAWYER IS RESPONSIBLE."
Did You Know?
Scientific discoveries, advances in technology and the use of forensics in legal proceedings continue to expand, leading to an increased demand for professionals in the field.