Administration of Justice (CA)

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Start Your Career Faster to Help Your Community Sooner

Check on a business after its alarm is tripped. Take dictation during a courtroom trial. Research legal precedent to assist a lawyer preparing for an upcoming trial. Assist a social worker with their case load paperwork. Careers in the administration of justice create endless opportunities to impact communities in protecting them from crime, guiding them through the legal system, and maintaining their safety and security. 

Administration of Justice can lead to very rewarding careers, giving you the opportunity to help your community on a daily basis. This subject focuses on all parts of the American legal system and also looks at criminal justice reform and ways to rebuild a system with inherent racial biases and prejudices to create a more fair and just system. 

LASC’s Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement is a great first step to starting your career quickly! Once you successfully complete this program, you will have the academic requirements needed for entry-level, engaging occupations in local legal, law enforcement, and social services sectors. Your future in administration of justice starts today!

Careers in Administration of Justice

People with careers in administration of justice and criminal reform work are not only found in law enforcement, but also in areas, such as social work, forensic science, and law. 

Here are some occupations and their salaries you could have with a Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice:

Career information below taken from bls.gov December 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Examine buildings in order to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college & experience $122,880/year $59.08/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
-1% decrease
(little or no change)
220

Perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including investigating and gathering the facts of a case.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $55,590/year $26.73/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
8% increase
(as fast as average)
15,960

Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $78,390/year $37.69/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
-9% decrease
(decline)
30

Protect lives and property.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school diploma or equivalent $104,230/year $50.11/hour 
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
5% increase
(as fast as average)
30,190

Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Postsecondary non-degree award $85,090/year $40.91/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Short-term on-the-job training
4% increase
(as fast as average)
490

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Administration of Justice

You can get a Certificate of Achievement (CA) through LASC’s Administration of Justice program where you will expand your knowledge of criminal justice and prepare for a career in fighting crime:

  • Develop a foundational understanding of the criminal justice system, including investigative techniques, tactics, and processes, and why these processes are in place.
  • Discover the reasons for crime, how it occurs, how it affects society, the history of law enforcement and the legal system, and theories of crime and delinquency – all of which will aid you in being a well-balanced public servant.
  • Discover the complexities surrounding the perception of law enforcement, and compare and contrast information related to the roles of law enforcement in local communities.
  • Develop an investigative report using all of the information provided from a criminal occurrence. 
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university to gain even more academic knowledge and hands-on techniques to build upon what you will learn at LASC and get ahead in your career faster.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review LASC’s Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice (CA) and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 2105.00

Total Units Required: 27

Upon completion of this program, you will:

  • Analyze the interrelationships between the courts, law enforcement, and corrections.
  • Demonstrate the sequence of events necessary in determining admissibility or suppression of evidence.
  • Analyze basic legal definitions of criminal justice law.
  • Compare and contrast information obtained to maintain a balanced perception of law enforcement.
Required Courses: Units
ADM JUS 1 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
ADM JUS 2 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
ADM JUS 3 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
ADM JUS 4 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
ADM JUS 5 Criminal Investigation 3
ADM JUS 6 Patrol Procedures 3
ADM JUS 14 Report Writing for Peace Officers 3
ADM JUS 67 Community Relations I 3
ADM JUS 310 Field Work I 3
TOTAL UNITS 27

Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in a career in the administration of justice? Before your first class at LASC, you can start preparing for your career:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your career goals and future plans to see what support services and campus opportunities would be a good match for your time at LASC.
  • Still in high school? Search for opportunities to volunteer and make positive impacts on wide-ranging issues in your community. Talk with your high school counselor to see if there are opportunities to go on a ride-along with a police officer or shadow a social worker for the day. Look for summer opportunities in your local community service organizations where you can learn more, and gain experience in your future career.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, become a student ambassador, or run for student body government. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to establishing strong writing, communication, and leadership skills.

  

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the interrelationships between the courts, law enforcement, and corrections.
  • Demonstrate the sequence of events necessary in determining admissibility or suppression of evidence.
  • Analyze basic legal definitions of criminal justice law.
  • Compare and contrast information obtained to maintain a balanced perception of law enforcement.