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Career and Volunteer Opportunities

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • addictions counsellor
  • child protection worker
  • claims examiner/adjudicator
  • court clerk/officer
  • crime prevention service officer
  • crime reporter
  • fraud investigator
  • immigration/customs officer
  • insurance adjuster
  • investigator
  • law enforcement/security
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • loss prevention specialist
  • mediator
  • military officer
  • ombudsperson
  • policy analyst/advisor
  • pre-trial services officer
  • probation/corrections officer
  • social worker
  • underwriter

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • airlines/airports
  • Canada Border Services
  • casinos/resorts
  • correctional facilities
  • courts
  • government
  • insurance companies
  • international aid organizations
  • military
  • police forces/RCMP
  • private corporations
  • social service agencies

Online Resources

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Volunteer Opportunities

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • court clerk and registrar
  • developmental service worker
  • fraud detection analyst
  • law clerk
  • police dispatcher
  • probation officer

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

Many graduates of the honours BA in Criminology program have gone on to pursue law school following their undergraduate degree. Find out more information about the Law School Admission Test.

  • Master’s degree: Criminology, International Public Policy, Sociology, Psychology.
  • College program: Paralegal, Protection Security and Investigation, Addictions and Mental Health, Advanced Police Studies.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education, Social Work.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • criminal defence council
  • criminal intelligence analyst
  • lawyer
  • mental health court worker
  • police officer
  • social worker

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Gain an understanding of why some behaviours (and not others) are defined as criminal, the causes of law-breaking behaviour and how society reacts to crime.
  • Gather and assess information related to the prediction and management of criminal and deviant behaviours.
  • Develop an awareness of human and social behaviour and how it is applied to policy development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of public policy, and interpret and assess its impact on society.
  • Develop an understanding of various governmental, community and social institutions and their roles, and the ability to provide information to assist individuals and organizations to make informed decisions.
  • Gain an understanding of how economic, cultural and societal change impacts individuals' behaviour.
  • Study and investigate criminal activities and identify methods of prevention and justice.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Research, analyze, synthesize and clearly communicate findings in oral and written formats.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills and demonstrate an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • activist/lobbyist
  • advocacy-government relations
  • claims examiner/adjudicator
  • community program developer
  • compliance analyst
  • compliance officer
  • contract specialist
  • corporate social responsibility manager
  • crime prevention service officer
  • diversity and equity officer
  • editor for legal publication
  • foreign service officer
  • human resources specialist
  • human rights officer
  • humanitarian aid worker
  • immigration/refugee officer
  • in-house legal counsel
  • insurance adjuster
  • labour organizer/negotiator
  • lawyer
  • legal administrator
  • legal expert
  • legal writer
  • management consultant
  • mediator
  • ombudsperson
  • policy analyst/advisor
  • research consultant

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • community organizations
  • consulting firms
  • corporations
  • correctional facilities
  • educational institutions
  • embassies/consulates
  • government
  • insurance companies
  • law enforcement agencies
  • law firms
  • lobbying firms/municipalities
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • research firms
  • think tanks
  • trade and professional associations
  • United Nations

Online Resources

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada
  • National Accreditation Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Criminal Justice Association
  • Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
  • Canadian Council on International Law
  • United Nations Human Rights
  • Amnesty International (Canada)

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Gain knowledge in the English and Canadian legal systems, legal theory, criminal law, equity and trusts, land law, law and policy of the European Union, public law, law of contract and law of tort.
  • Gain an understanding of why some behaviours (and not others) are defined as criminal, the causes of law-breaking behaviour and how society reacts to crime.
  • Develop an awareness of human and social behaviour and how it is applied to policy development.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Think critically about contemporary issues from the perspectives of justice, equality and rights.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations, performing both comparative and critical analyses.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Nicole Zarazua, Academic Program Assistant

E: nzarazua@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5623
Office Location: GRH121, Brantford campus