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Law, Public Safety & Security

Law, Public Safety & Security Career Pathway

With a courtroom and forensics lab on campus to enhance classroom instruction, students learn about different types of law, the criminal justice process, and how to investigate crime scenes. They also develop their public speaking, legal writing, and research skills. Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Law, Public Safety and Security career pathway.

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The goal of the Law, Public Safety and Security pathway is to teach students the various aspects of law and law enforcement careers and equip them with an understanding of the legal system that is viable to their interest in these careers.

An on-site courtroom and crime scene forensic simulation room enhance classroom lessons. The curriculum enables students to steadily progress in their skill level and knowledge throughout their high school career—beginning with the fundamentals of the criminal justice process and ethics as freshmen. Sophomores learn about criminal, civil, and constitutional law before being taught how to investigate crime scenes, interrogate suspects, and conduct patrol duties. Junior year is focused on public speaking, trial practice, and legal writing and research.

Beyond the Classroom

Seniors have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences and earn college credits in classes taught by Lebanon Valley College professors on campus. Recently, students have interned with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts’ legal department.

Law-related clubs and activities, like Mock Trial, SkillsUSA competitions in criminal justice and public speaking, and the Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest, strengthen and support students’ growing interest in the field. The Spartan Justice Club takes juniors out of the classroom on monthly field trips to gain additional exposure to law- and security-related careers and facilities.

Milton Hershey School student Joy Johns participates in an internship through the Law, Public Safety & Security career pathway.

“I met and worked with some of the most wonderful people working to protect our streets. I learned that being a woman in the world of law enforcement is not a setback, but instead a position of strength and empowerment.”

Joy Johns ’19
on her internship with the Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division


Setting Students Up for Success

Through an on-campus courtroom and crime scene forensic simulation room, students learn about different types of law, the criminal justice process, and how to investigate crime scenes.

Milton Hershey School students work together on a project during a Law, Public Safety & Security class.

Core Skills

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
Milton Hershey School student trains for a career as a lawyer during a mock trial.

Future Career Options

  • Lawyer
  • Police officer
  • Forensic investigator
  • Security officer
Milton Hershey School students receive receive Crisis Emergency Response Team certification through PEMA

Certification Options

Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Career and Technical Education program and its 12 distinct CTE career pathways.

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.