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  • #31
    depends what you want to do.......i think CJ is good if your planning on getting a law degree....

    if you want to be a cop, you'll need credits, and CJ will fill the criteria...however its not going to help you get a job in LE so i always advise against a CJ degree....credits are credits so might as well get a degree in something you can use other places

    I took CJ because i found it easy, luckily i ended up becoming interested in LE, so it worked out....helped in the academy too, because it was all stuff i had seen before

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    • #32
      Ok, let me throw this one at you guys. I have a BA in Administration of Justice and a minor in Psychology. I also have 4 years active duty military experience, but my GPA is nothing spectacular its like a 2.4. Am I in trouble, does that mean my degree is worth less than someone who has no experience but has a 3.0??? Some insight would be great, thanks.

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      • #33
        My sister is a dentist, she says Med School was worthless, she really learned everything during her internship when she was done!

        My cousin is a Lawyer, he said law school was worthless, he didnt learn anything about the law til he worked at his company for a few years!

        So and so cop, said a CJ degree is worthless, he didn't learn anything til he went to the acadamy and was done with FTO!

        Notice a trend? The first two are ture and the third one is true with a lot of people who are cops. Bottom line is NO DEGREE really prepares you any better for the world and the job your doing, it just gives you a small foundation to build off of. Remember though any degree has its benifits and nowadays most federal and state jobs just require A DEGREE not a specific one. And as always real world experience seems to trump academic experience any day of the week.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by 173rd_the_Herd View Post
          Ok, let me throw this one at you guys. I have a BA in Administration of Justice and a minor in Psychology. I also have 4 years active duty military experience, but my GPA is nothing spectacular its like a 2.4. Am I in trouble, does that mean my degree is worth less than someone who has no experience but has a 3.0??? Some insight would be great, thanks.
          Experience will always be better than a GPA. A GPA tells someone that you know how to retain information and repeat it, but being out in the work force with related experience is something you don't learn in school.
          I finished with around a 2.7 GPA, hardly impressive. I applied for the Secret Service and they called me and had me filling out paperwork. It wasn't because of my GPA, it was because I had been investigating check fraud for 2 years at a retailer. For some reason I told them I was going to try local policing for a few years, starting to think that was a dumb decision.

          Originally posted by Paul554 View Post
          So and so cop, said a CJ degree is worthless, he didn't learn anything til he went to the acadamy and was done with FTO!
          Very true. My CJUS degree didn't prepare me for being a police officer. I learned most of it during FTO and academy law classes. Get your degree in something else that you enjoy!

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