Criminal Justice: Corrections/Pre-Law

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree majors – law enforcement and corrections/pre-law – assist students in preparing for careers in criminal justice. Specialization in a major begins in the second year of study. There is a broad range of courses allowing the second-year student wide latitude in career planning.

The goal of the criminal justice program is to graduate students who will be assertive, bold, ethical, and positive practitioners in the future, guided by balance, self-control, common sense, curiosity, sensitivity, education, and open, effective communication skills.

The foundation of these practitioners will be their integrity, desire to seek continued personal growth as a criminal justice employee and citizen, and ability to work cooperatively and loyally with cohorts, subordinates, superiors, and the public. Graduates should be prepared to offer leadership services to the community in return for the community's invested trust in them as criminal justice employees.

The corrections portion of this criminal justice major is designed to prepare the student for a bachelor's degree and for careers such as juvenile officer, parole agent, adult probation officer, state and federal corrections officer, institutional counselor, and halfway house counselor.

Criminal justice study at the bachelor's degree level is a popular base for prelaw students and provides a thorough understanding of the system they may be practicing in during their careers. Students in prelaw should select a broad base of courses at the undergraduate level. The practice of law normally requires a bachelor's degree, three years in graduate law school, and successful completion of the bar exam of the jurisdiction in which the law school graduate wishes to practice.

Transfer Agreement with Four-Year Institution: Program Articulation

LCCC has partnered with a four-year institution to articulate a way for students to transfer earned credits. This articulation is a formal agreement between LCCC and the institution. This agreement matches up coursework to make the transfer process smooth and to eliminate any duplication of courses. Any deviations from the prescribed course list will not articulate.

Cost of Attendance

For general college expense, students can view LCCC’s tuition and fees Web page. There are generally no additional program-specific costs associated with the Criminal Justice: Corrections/Pre-Law Program.

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