Barry Langford: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration, Columbia College
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Barry Langford: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration, Columbia College


There’s a lot of different opportunities that
a Criminal Justice degree can open up. Students here are going to be taught by people who
have real world practical experience in addition to a solid theoretical base of the subjects
they’re teaching about. I spent some time early in my career as an attorney and also
as an assistant prosecuting attorney. I’ve really enjoyed bringing that experience into the classroom
as an academic. My favorite thing about Columbia College is the size of the classes. Also the
emphasis that’s placed on quality teaching. We have a Criminal Justice Student Association
that many students are a part of. We have a Mock Trial team that many students are a
part of. And being involved in things like that helps you not only get to know people
but also network and learn your subject matter through exposure to current materials. We
have a crime scene investigation certificate here as part of our curriculum and these courses
are specialized courses in crime scene investigation. For example crime scene photography, crime
scene investigation, finger print evidence, shooting incident reconstruction. Those courses
can help a student enhance their resume, opens up some additional career possibilities, not
only in law enforcement, but more of a civilian position can also be possible as well. There’s
great opportunity to be had here.

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