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Crime and Justice Sector

The crime and justice sector offers diverse and interesting opportunities for graduates in any degree subject. It covers two overarching areas of focus; firstly the control of crime, carried out by public and civil servants, enforcing the rule of law to control criminal activity, and to protect the public. The second overarching focus is to ensure that those controlling crime are subject to checks and balances, are accountable, and that the rights of the individual are preserved and balanced with the crime control imperative.

Work in the crime and justice sector can be demanding and rewarding in equal measure. You will need to do plenty of research and reading around the opportunities and your interest area. Click on the links below to find out more.

Get experience and develop skills

Work experience is really critical so that you gain practical insight at an early stage in your career decision making, whether voluntary work or paid, and there are many opportunities to get involved.

  • Experience in advisory work or being an advocate will allow you to develop a crucial insight.
  • Voluntary work for charities such as the Citizens Advice Bureau or Victim Support will give you first hand experience of the sector.
  • Work experience in public facing roles where you have had to problem solve and provide customer service is also valuable.
  • PEER mentoring will show your ability to give advice and support peers which are essential transferable skills.
  • Keeping abreast of current affairs and changes in the sector are also essential when applying for roles and attending interviews.