Administration of Justice

Possible career opportunities

Law enforcement study prepares students for a career as a police officer, sheriff's deputy, California Highway Patrol Officer (CHP), Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration Agent (DEA), Secret Service Agent, U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Fish and Game Warden or customs agent. Also correctional officer, parole officer, probation officer, youth counselor, prison warden, or criminologist. An advanced degree is required to become a lawyer, district attorney, public defender, defense lawyer, judge or bailiff.

Administration of Justice degrees and certificates

Associate in science degree

Associate in science for transfer

Certificate of achievement

  • Administration of justice (ADJUS)

Certificates of accomplishment

  • Administration of justice - Community relations specialist (ADJUS)
  • Administration of justice - Correctional specialist (ADJUS)
  • Administration of justice - Crime scene investigator (ADJUS)
  • Administration of justice - Criminal law specialist (ADJUS)
  • Administration of justice - Juvenile counseling (ADJUS)
  • Administration of justice - Patrol specialist (ADJUS)

Administration of Justice Department Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Administration of Justice class schedules

 To find the currently available classes use the DVC searchable schedule.

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About Administration of Justice 

Administration of Justice is the field of study dealing with law enforcement, corrections and the judicial system. Within each of these broad areas, the program prepares students for employment either as a civilian or as a sworn officer of the law.

As an administration of justice student, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the many different fields of employment available under this broad category. You can prepare for successful completion of an approximate 22-week academy program to become a sworn officer in the many various government agencies, or you can prepare for one of the many entry-level civilian positions also available.

Students will learn about:

    • the criminal justice system and its various subsystems
    • criminal law and criminal procedure
    • the corrections system and its components
    • cultural skills and diversity in criminal justice
    • forensics and crime scene investigation methods
    • the interviewing and counseling process
    • areas of specialized skills and knowledge, which include investigations, forensics, juvenile procedures, patrol procedures, weaponless defense and firearms, corrections, report writing and current legal and professional trends and challenges.