You'll have opportunities to participate in:
Each year, 10-15 students in criminal justice travel with a professor to the largest criminal justice conference in the U.S. The Farber Fund has contributed to the expenses for students to travel to San Francisco, Orlando, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and numerous other cities where the conference has been held. Many students have presented their research papers at the national conferences with the help of our professors.
Students frequently travel to Washington, D.C. to tour major criminal justice agencies (FBI, U.S. Supreme Court, DEA, U.S. Marshalls and ATF). Students have spent three weeks in daily briefings on the CIA by CIA agents.
Each year criminal justice students travel to other countries, such as England, China, France, India, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Costa Rica and South America. Students study criminal justice in these countries and at the same time develop skills in a foreign language.
Each year, 10-15 students travel to Chicago to participate in an excellent educational experience, Model United Nations. With 2,000 other students from all over the U.S., the students simulate the United Nations and represent numerous other countries.
Our active internship program lets students work up to 320 hours in a criminal justice agency and earn college credit. Each summer, we place around 20 students in internships in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. Internships are also available in state and federal government. Over 100 criminal justice agencies seek our interns for placement. Students receive on-the-job experience in all the major criminal justice areas - police, prosecution, courts and corrections. Placements include state and federal law enforcement, law offices (including criminal investigation and paralegal work), probation and parole (state and federal), youth corrections, adult corrections (state and federal), rehabilitation (state and federal) and shelter/advocacy programs.
Students are encouraged to work with professors and conduct research. Awards are given to students with the best research papers.
You will learn to play the roles of attorneys, witnesses, police officers, forensic investigators, probation officers and all other criminal justice officials who testify in our courts. You will learn by doing - this is one of the best ways to learn. USD’s mock trial teams compete in invitational regional and national tournaments.