A Great Resource for Shopping Criminal Justice & Law Schools

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

When planning to go to college, finding the right university for you can be tough. The competition is fierce and nearly every college is going to say they are the best.

And why wouldn’t they? If a person works for a university, he or she should believe that all others are inferior. Otherwise, they should be working elsewhere, right?

By C J Oakes

Given that, we have been trying to come up with a way to let our readers know how schools rank for factors important to each individual.

This is no easy task because while one university may have an excellent Criminal Justice program, another may excel in Law. Some students may want a small campus, some large. Others still may want no campus at all and prefer to go to college online.

Fortunately, we did not have to reinvent the college ranking wheel (whew).

I recently received an email from the website BestColleges.com. The email said in part,

“BestColleges.com has recently published their annual rankings of America’s Top Online Master’sBachelor’s & Associate Programs in Criminal Justice for 2017, and the state of Texas has been well represented! Texas has 3 schools ranked among the top universities in the country offering criminal justice programs online! In addition, 1 associate level program has also been recognized! Non-profit schools were ranked using 11 key data points derived from the National Center for Education Statistics, broken down into 3 weighted categories: academic quality, affordability & online programming. Dallas Baptist, Sam Houston State and The University of North Texa s have shown that high-quality education in criminal justice can extend past the traditional classroom!

“We’re excited to recognize these accomplishments and encourage you to join us in sharing this information with others in the criminal justice community!”

OK. So, the webmaster could tell I live in Texas and naturally, I do love to see universities in my state fare well. But more importantly, I want to help my readers find the best program for them.

So, I did some digging on BestColleges.com and here is what I found.

BestColleges.com offers a wide array of useful information for anyone planning college. In fact, the site offers ranking and practical guidance for current and prospective students. Here is some of what you can expect to find.

In short, I wish I had found this when I went to college. Although I cannot say I am displeased with where I got my degree, I am sure I would have found making my way through the process much simpler.

Now for the CriminalJusticeLaw.org Disclaimer

The Federal Trade Commission has rules related to Truth-in-Advertising. You know, when you see an actor on TV touting the benefits of some new pee-pill you also see at the bottom of the screen the small print that says “Paid endorsement.” Online, anyone who tells of another website in the way I just did is supposed to let readers know they are an affiliate or paid to do so.

We are not.

Truth be told, we would like to have such a relationship with BestColleges.com because after checking them out, we can wholeheartedly recommend to our readers what they provide, but as of now, we are not in any way supported nor paid by them to endorse them.

We just thought we should make that clear. The one last thing they added to their request for news was as follows. This information is also included in our Career Links for those who are interested.

Guides to Online Criminal Justice Programs

President, Publisher at Oakes Media Group
C J Oakes is an author and freelance writer from Lubbock, TX, USA. In addition to this website, he operates OakesWriting.com and BuyLocalLubbock.com.

As an author, he has numerous books to his credit including the best-selling Survive and Thrive After the Collapse of the Dollar series. In addition, he has written over a hundred books for clients since 2011 and has created innumerable web pages for law firms and others worldwide.

Passionate about Justice, Mr. Oakes believes that the scales of justice are never balanced, but it is the duty of each citizen to do their part to re-calibrate the scales as needed. When the scales of justice shift too far to one side, they must be returned a near as possible to center.

He built this site with the goal of helping students of criminal justice understand how to apply the principles needed for re-calibrating the scales as well as providing easy access to needed study resources.

Criminal Justice Law International welcomes guest posts and anyone interested in contributing to the goals of the site.

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