Forensic psychology is a clinical specialty that blends a knowledge of psychology and law. Read on to learn how to choose a graduate school that offers programs in this field. See about the learning facilities, curricula and internship programs offered at three good schools. Schools offering .
What Should I Look for in a Top Forensic Psychology Graduate School?
Forensic psychology departments are hard to find, so look for schools with faculty specializing in this clinical psychology subfield. Check out programs with coursework in clinical counseling fundamentals and legal assessment techniques. You'll need these skills to work with police, attorneys and other individuals involved in the criminal justice system as a counselor, forensic investigator or trial consultant.
You may also want to consider programs with internship opportunities. If you're interested in an academic career, check out schools that offer doctoral programs and related research institutes. Also look at a school's placement records. The best programs place a majority of their graduates in jobs or doctoral degree programs.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a specialized campus of the City University of New York (CUNY), houses CUNY's master's and doctoral degree programs in forensic psychology. The faculty includes 20 clinical forensic practitioners and 17 experimental forensic psychologists, many of whom also have a law degree.
The Forensic Psychology Research Institute, the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and other crime-related research institutes are located at John Jay. Ranked tenth for its graduate criminology program in 2009, John Jay was also ranked among the top-ten colleges for racial diversity among regional universities in the North, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2010 evaluations (www.usnews.com).
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