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Administration of Justice



About the Administration of Justice Program (Criminal Justice)

Pursue Your Passion for Criminal Law, Launch an Administration of Justice Career

Santa Monica College’s Administration of Justice program prepares students for careers in local, state, and federal law enforcement; security; and courtroom operations. Our courses familiarize you with the American justice system. Learn about crime causes, the role of administration of justice practitioners, the role of law enforcement, evidence procedures, juvenile procedures, and criminal law. Apply principles of the justice system; constitutional and procedural considerations affecting an arrest and search and seizure; human relations; and concepts of criminal law.

Students completing this program will be prepared to transfer and major in criminal justice. Start and grow in your career in administration of justice and criminal law, and access a broad range of job opportunities.

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Achievement - Administration of Justice (Criminal Justice)

15 units + General Education Requirements

This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing an entry‐level job in the criminal justice field and need a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts in this area. This certificate comprises courses in the introduction to the administration of Justice, criminal law, evidence, criminal investigation and community and the justice system.

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Associate in Science for Transfer - Administration of Justice (Criminal Justice)

18 units + General Education Requirements

This AS-T degree is geared toward students who want to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU). This degree will prepare you for an entry-level position as a police officer, police assistant, community service officer, or a police reserve officer. Other options include positions in private security, parole, or federal law enforcement agencies.

You will be educated in critical thinking and communication skills, as well as the concepts of criminal law and the fundamentals of administration of justice.

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Potential Career Options

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