More than 900 high school students and 65 vendors from the criminal justice field participated in UNT Dallas’ Criminal Justice Day October 28, 2016. The students had opportunities to explore a variety of career paths from law enforcement at the local, state and national levels to civil and criminal litigation.

Dr. Aaron Bartula, assistant dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and program coordinator for the criminal justice department, spearheaded the career day efforts. What began as a career exploration opportunity for a handful of schools, quickly grew as area high schools learned about the event.

Employers throughout Texas showcased displays ranging from tables with handouts, to helicopters and SWAT vehicles. Students also learned about the education required to pursue careers in the criminal justice industry, and the degree programs available at UNT Dallas and the College of Law that can help make their career goals possible. 

The university hopes to replicate this event for other schools and programs in the future.