Professional and Student Organizations
Professional and student organizations offer networking opportunities and continuing education.
Policy and Advocacy
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- International Association of Women Police
- International Community Corrections Association
- Justice Research and Statistics Association
- National Black Police Association
- National Criminal Justice Association
- National Organization for Victim Assistance
- National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
- Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council
- The Campbell Collaboration: Crime and Justice
- The American Society of Criminology
- American Correctional Association
- American Jail Association
- American Probation and Parole Association
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- Southern Criminal Justice Association
- Midwestern Criminal Justice Association
- Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice
- Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- International Association of Crime Analysts
- International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts
- International Association of Law Enforcement Planners
It’s important to stay abreast of trends in criminal justice, and exploring the right news and information resources, journals and open courseware can make it easy.
Open Access Journals
- International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences
- The Open Forensic Science Journal
- National Forensic Association Journal
- Journal of Forensic Research
- International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
- Journal of Criminology
- International Journal of Cyber Criminology
- Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice
- Justice Policy Journal
- Journal of Quantitative Criminology
- Journal of Criminal Justice
- Journal of Forensic Sciences
- International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory
- Digital Investigation
- Criminal Justice Review
- Punishment & Society
- Crime & Delinquency
- Criminal Justice and Behavior
- The British Journal of Criminology
- The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
- Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
- Journal of Interpersonal Violence
- Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment
- Aggression and Violent Behavior
- Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management
- American Journal of Criminal Law
- Criminal Justice Studies
- Criminal Justice Ethics
- Law and Contemporary Problems
- Journal of Injury and Violence Research
News and Information Resources
If you want to conduct thorough research, network with others in your field and seize continuing education opportunities, you have to be able to trust your sources.
Expand your criminal justice education with open courseware.
After you’re employed, it’s advisable to pursue any applicable licensure or certifications that can prove your dedication to your specialization.
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- United States Courts
- United States Secret Service
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
- The United States Department of Justice
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
- Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department
- Rochester Police Department
911 Hot Jobs posts openings for those seeking work within law enforcement, firefighting and EMS across the country.
Court Jobs allows job seekers to search for open positions in criminal justice by title and location. The provided list of frequent search terms makes for faster, easier searching.
Law Jobs hosts open positions in the legal system across the country, including featured jobs.
Positions related to criminal justice found on Indeed.com are aggregated on this job board. Openings are organized so that the most recent posts are always at the top.
On Law Enforcement Jobs, nationwide positions in police work are collected and ordered by date of posting through Indeed.com. It’s easy to filter searches and upload resumes.
This site focuses on loss prevention employment and e-recruiting. A clickable map allows job seekers to find postings in particular states or regions.
I Hire Security offers a user-friendly list of nationwide jobs in security. Job seekers can apply directly through each posting without having to visit another site.
The careers section of Corrections One includes a searchable list of a wide variety of jobs in the field, including corrections officers, juvenile detention officers, social workers, counselors and more.
This searchable job board compiles government jobs across the country, many of which fall in areas of criminal justice.
Careers on the FBI Jobs site are searchable by occupation and location. There are also sections for events and “Hot Jobs.”
Licensure and Certification
- Peace Officer Standards and Training Basic Certificate: Police officers are required to attend an academy and receive extensive training. Certification requirements vary among states and cities, so it’s important to check what your area specifically requires. The POST Basic Certificate is an example of certification required by the state of California. Some states do not have reciprocity with others but may offer a course waiver for those who’ve completed a certain amount of law enforcement training. Waivers require extra testing and training before they’re granted.
- Certified Paralegal Program: Though not required for paralegal positions, the certified paralegal credential designates that those who’ve earned it provide superior services to firms and corporations. It’s viewed as the national standard for paralegals and represents the highest level of skills, commitment and proficiency in the field.
- State Security Officer Licensing: Many states require that security officers obtain a license, but the specific requirements vary.
- Private Investigator License: Most states require private investigators to earn a license. The license we’ve linked to lists how to get an armed private investigator license in the state of Washington. Requirements vary among states.
The ACJS conference features paper presentations, complete panels, roundtables, open seminars, author meet-ups and student authored paper panels. There’s also a research and pictorial showcase that encourages audience participation. Each year, the program is built upon a central theme. In 2016, the theme will be “Advancing Justice on All Fronts.”
The ACJA conference hosts many workshops, and the theme for next year will be “Understanding and Investigating Sexual Predators.” This conference emphasizes networking by including many social hours, a job fair, an icebreaker meeting and several dances.
Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association, the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the IJIS Institute, this event brings leaders from criminal justice agencies, criminal justice researchers and technologists together. The conference showcases programs, research and technologies to help leaders in states, local communities and tribal nations address public safety issues. Several pre-conference seminars offer opportunities for continuing education.
Presented by the American Probation and Parole Association and the International Community Corrections Association, this conference offers networking opportunities with professionals from around the world. The APPA Annual Training Institute occurs the day before and hosts corrections workshops, special sessions and a resource expo.
The annual meeting presents criminology workshops, exhibits and networking opportunities. The theme for the conference this year is, “The Politics of Crime & Justice.” Member and non-member students can register at discounted rates.
ACA’s Congress of Correction is a six-day event that offers opportunities for networking, finding a mentor, engaging with emerging technology and sharpening your leadership skills. Correctional facility tours are optional.