For Students

Are you interested in becoming a forensic scientist? The following web sites have useful information about careers, colleges and universities.  I also recommend you read some of the job descriptions and requirements in the Employment sections of these web sites.  This will help you learn about the diverse roles in the field of Forensic Science and decide which one might be right for you.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (


Young Forensic Scientists Forum



Choosing a Career

Colleges & Universities

American Society of Crime Lab Directors (

Visitor’s Center

Student Resources


Reports on crime labs and forensic science

California Crime Laboratory Review Task Force Report, 2009:

  • An Examination of Forensic Science in California

  • National Academy of Sciences:  Study of Forensic Science in the U.S.

  • Pro-Publica Journalism in the Public Interest

“Post-Mortem” — Report on Death Investigation

Links to forensic science organizations

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)

  • American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD)

  • Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners

  • California Association of Crime Lab Directors

  • California Association of Criminalists

  • Forensic Expert Witness Association

  • Forensic Quality Services

  • Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (AAFS – FEPAC)

  • Forensic Science Policy and Management’s Forum

  • International Association for Identification

  • The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists

  • Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

  • National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)

  • National Criminal Justice Reference System (NCJRS)

  • National Institute of Justice – Forensic Sciences

  • Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists

  • Society of Forensic Toxicologists