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I majored in Forensic Psychology to become a jury consultant. What minor would be great along with major? Correction, criminal justice, or law?

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DENNIS’s Answer

Watching Bull? He's a jury consultant! So in direct answer to your question - law. Juries are picked in both criminal and civil cases. I have selected hundreds of juries - some good some not so much! All of my cases were civil. So a general Law minor would open you to both areas of the law. I would also suggest you travel to 60 Centre St. and go to the 4th floor where juries are selected in civil cases. Sit and watch. Ask some of the lawyers if you can sit in. Most will let you. Will give you some practicle experience. Then go to 100 Centre and ask to watch a criminal jury selection. It will open your eyes. Great experience. Good luck Laureale. I might recomend you read some of David Ball books. He is a famous jury consultant. Best of luck. Stay in school and stay safe!
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Katharine’s Answer

Any of those would be good choices! One thing to keep in mind is that you should pick a minor that will offer a different perspective on the issues and will supplement your major, so you don't want it to be too similar. A minor is great opportunity to learn about another aspect of the criminal justice system. If both of those are interesting to you, you could ask yourself: Is one of these options something I can easily learn online or from a book? Or is this something I can only experience in the classroom? That way, you have the opportunity to learn about multiple things in different settings.

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Look at the course list for each minor and see which ones interest you the most.
Consider which choice is best configured for a classroom, and which are accessible through other means.
Ask yourself what your current perspective on the legal system are. Then pick the minor that offers the greatest opportunity for learning and growth.
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Jonathan’s Answer

If you want to be a jury consultant and it is between law and criminal justice, etc. then choose law. Most jury consulting firms are hired by big firms with large clients who can afford consultants. I would consider having a specialty in something like psychology or sociology something that would allow you to know people. As s litigator I know the law and the litigation process. If I were hiring a jury consulting firm I would want to have be able to tell me how any prospective juror would vote.
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Kayla’s Answer

Hi Laureale!

Sociology, Political Science, Criminal Justice, or Law would all compliment your Forensic Psychology degree. One of my Pscyhology professors has been a jury consultant and an expert witness (among other careers in teaching and Organizational Psychology ). His Bachelor's Degree was in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. He went out to earn his Master's and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Hopefully that shows you how much you can accomplish and how wide spread the field can be!
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