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How to Succeed as a Justice Studies - Criminal Justice Student
Ross London, J.D., Ph.D., is a professor in the Justice Studies – Criminal Justice Department, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. London was a Criminal Justice practitioner, having served as a public defender, prosecutor, and municipal court judge over a period of 25 years. He is the author of Crime, Punishment and Restorative Justice: A Framework for Restoring Trust, reprinted this year as part of the "Restorative Justice Classics Series" of Wipf and Stock Press. Dr. London offers the following advice on how to succeed as a Justice Studies – Criminal Justice student at Berkeley College:
- Students who enter this program should have a strong desire to serve their community by protecting innocent people and respecting the rights of every citizen.
- Criminal Justice is a very large and diverse field, and is suitable for a wide variety of students. The students who do best in this program will have good interpersonal skills, high ethical standards, and be good communicators and problem solvers.
- Motivation is key to success. College work can be challenging, especially for those students whose high school experience did not fully prepare them for this level of work. But, if a student is motivated to succeed, we will work with that student to enhance all of the skills necessary to succeed both in College and in a future career.
- At Berkeley College, classroom learning is backed with multiple resources to enhance the skills required for success. These resources include intensive instruction in communications skills, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, computer and database management, career counseling, internships, and a variety of courses that focus on preparation for careers in criminal justice.
Dr. London said that Criminal Justice students at Berkeley College benefit from a wide choice of interesting internship opportunities before graduation. Students have interned at such locations as the New York Law Department, the Passaic County Superior Court, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and the White Plains Police Department.
“These internships are designed to give every student an opportunity to experience firsthand what it means to be a Criminal Justice professional,” Dr. London said.