Liberal Arts: Administration of Justice (AA)

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Serve Your Community to Make a Better World

Protect a courtroom full of innocent people from an irate defendant. Maintain order and humane conditions in a correctional facility. Secure the premises of a place of business after hours. Intervene in a domestic dispute to protect a child in harm’s way. 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 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 aspects of the American legal system to help protect those who are innocent and provide appropriate actions for those who are found guilty. It also looks at criminal justice reform and ways to deconstruct and rebuild a system with inherent racial biases and prejudices to create a more fair and just system.

The system as a whole is at the forefront of revolutionary changes, and with a degree in Administration of Justice, you can lead the way to create a more ethically-balanced system.

Careers in Administration of Justice

With an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts: Administration of Justice, you can work in the field of criminal justice at any point in the process – from preventing crime as a police officer, investigating as a detective, maintaining courtroom order as a bailiff, overseeing inmates as a correctional officer, or assisting in rehabilitating as a probation officer. Each member of this cycle plays an important role in both keeping communities safe from crime and breaking the cycle of crime in first-time offenders. 

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a Liberal Arts degree in Administration of Justice:

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

Create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. 

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

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

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $59,370/year $28.55/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training
5% increase
(as fast as average)
460

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

Study society and society's behavior.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $102,470/year $49.27/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed
16% increase
(much faster than average)
350

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Administration of Justice

You can get Associate in Art in Liberal Arts (AA), Associate in Arts (AA), and Associate in Science for Transfer (AST) degrees through LASC’s Administration of Justice program where you will cultivate both an empathy and a passion for justice:

  • Develop a wide-ranging understanding of the interrelationships between the courts, law enforcement, and corrections so you can analyze a broad range of situations within your field.
  • Understand the timeline and sequence of events necessary to determining the admissibility or suppression of evidence, and the vital role that evidence plays in investigations. 
  • Discover the complexities surrounding the perception of law enforcement, and compare and contrast information related to the roles of law enforcement in local communities.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? Completing an Associate in Science for Transfer (AST) degree in Administration of Justice not only prepares you to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but you’ll also have guaranteed admission into a CSU! Plus, you’ll be able to save money on your first two years of college with smaller class sizes learning from dedicated, motivated faculty whose only focus is on your success! 

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Review LASC’s Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts (AA), Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science in for Transfer (AST) degrees in Administration of Justice below, along with our suggested course of study for these programs. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 2105.00

Total Units Required: 18

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 5 Criminal Investigation 3
Additional Requirements (Choose and complete 6 additional units)
ADM JUS 4 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
ADM JUS 6 Patrol Procedure 3
ADM JUS 14 Report Writing for Peace Officers 3
ADM JUS 62 Fingerprint Classification 3
ADM JUS 67 Community Relations I 3
ADM JUS 73 Law & Minority Groups 3
ADM JUS 75 Introduction to Corrections 3
TOTAL UNITS 18

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.
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
 Recommended Electives: Units
ADM JUS 8 Juvenile Procedures
 3
ADM JUS 16 Recruitment Selection Process 3
ADM JUS 62 Fingerprint Classification 3
ADM JUS 63 Introduction to Criminology  3
ADM JUS 73 Law & Minority Groups 3
ADM JUS 75 Introduction to Corrections 3
ADM JUS 83 Introduction to Security 3
MATH 227 Statistics 4
MATH 235 Finite Mathematics 5
OR  
PHILOS 8 Deductive Logic  3
POL SCI 1 The Government of the United States 3
PSYCH 1 General Psychology I 3
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPAN 14 Spanish for Public Service Personnel 3

If you are planning to transfer to a CSU or UC, then an Associate in Science in Administration of Justice is for you! You can complete an Associate in Science for Transfer Degree (AST) in Administration of Justice if you planning to transfer to a CSU Administration of Justice bachelor’s program, and by successfully completing this degree, you are guaranteed admission to a CSU upon completion of this program!

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree requirements include:

  • completion of 60 CSU transferable units, including the minimum 18 units in the major and the completion of either IGETC or CSU GE;

  • a minimum GPA of 2.0.

If you are interested in completing an Associate Degree for Transfer, you must: 

  1. Complete 60 semester units of 90-quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: *

  2. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements:

  3. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

*As required by Senate Bill 1440 & California Education Code section 66746

ADTs also require that you must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

You should meet with a counselor to determine the necessary course work to complete the general education requirements.

Required Courses: Units
ADM JUS 1 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
ADM JUS 2 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
List A: Two Courses (6 Units)  
ADM JUS 3 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
ADM JUS 5 Criminal Investigation
3
ADM JUS 67 Community Relations 3
ADM JUS 75 Introduction to Corrections 3
ADM JUS 8 Juvenile Procedures 3
List B: Two Courses (minimum of 6 units)  
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 3
MATH 227 Statistics 4
PSYCH 1 General Psychology I 3
TOTAL UNITS 18-19

Get Ready Before You Start 

Before your first Administration of Justice class starts at LASC, you can begin preparing for your career now:

  • 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 to find out if getting a bachelor’s degree might be a good choice for your future plans.
  • 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 building 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.