The Hood College Law and Criminal Justice Department offers two unique programs of study with separate objectives and goals.
The law concentration offers students a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for law school and careers in the legal profession such as prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges. The criminal justice concentration provides students with a challenging curriculum that focuses on criminal behavior and the operation of the criminal justice system. This concentration prepares students for diverse careers in organizations such as the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other local law enforcement agencies. Both concentrations are grounded in an interdisciplinary approach that is central to the liberal arts tradition.
An internship is recommended for the law concentration and is required for the criminal justice concentration. Past internships have included such sites as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Children's Defense Fund, the Maryland State's Attorney's Office, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, the State of Maryland Division for Parole and Probation and private attorney offices.