Administration of Justice - AJ

Administration of Justice - AJ

The Administration of Justice Program involves the study of the theory and practice of law enforcement, police work, the court, and corrections. Law enforcement, whether as a police officer, deputy sheriff, probation officer, or state traffic officer, offers a rewarding opportunity to serve society. Specialized officers such as game wardens, forest rangers, or criminal investigators make unique contributions throughout our country. They investigate crime, present cases in court, and render other services to the justice system and the people. The administration of justice courses provides the student with a broad base of knowledge, understanding, and proficiency in the general area.

What certificates/degrees can I earn?

  • Associate in Science degree in administration of justice

What will I learn?

You will have the opportunity to learn about how the criminal justice system works, including police, courts, attorneys, corrections, probation and parole and alternatives to traditional punishment. You will learn from instructors who are exposed to a variety of offenders, cases and environments each day and will have a seasoned perspective on the industry.

What kinds of classes are offered?

This program offers many specialized courses to attempt to cover the spectrum of the criminal justice system. You can take classes focusing on Narcotics Control (AJ 203), Terrorism Investigation (AJ 110), or practice your C.S.I. skills as you research a staged crime scene in Introduction to Forensic Science (AJ 208).

What are possible jobs in this field?

The Administration of Justice field provides a broad range of opportunities for you to serve society. Here are just a few careers available to you:

  • Sheriff’s deputy
  • Police officer
  • United States marshal
  • Highway patrol officer
  • Game warden
  • Forest ranger
  • Criminal investigator
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation agent
  • Homeland Security officer
  • Jailer
  • Customs agent

Antelope Valley College’s Administration of Justice Program also partners with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Fraud Department, which offers enrollees volunteer internships assisting with fraud and identity theft cases.

Who could hire me?

  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • United States military
  • Sheriff’s departments
  • Police departments
  • State Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • Private corrections facilities
  • Law firms
  • Private security companies

What’s the average pay range for local jobs in this field?

There are a broad range of jobs available in this field, so pay ranges vary widely. A private security company may hire entry-level candidates at $8 per hour, while a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy graduate may start at $56,000 per year. This degree is usually not required by many employers, but more education may make you a more viable candidate for a job.

Sounds great! How do I get more information?

Contact the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6482.