Associate in Applied Science in Judicial Studies

Judicial Studies

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Academic Plan

AAS Judicial Studies

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An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Judicial Studies will address skills and knowledge necessary for pursuing a career in the court system. In addition, the degree is designed for those individuals currently employed in the court who want to enhance or expand their job skills. Program of study will explore the laws, court structure, management, role of the judiciary and other areas that impact on the court.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

Term 1

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
FYC ENG101 First-Year Composition 3
Mathematics MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications 3
RC AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area 3
RC JUD101 The Courts In Arizona 1
RC JUD103 Role Of The Court Staff 1
RC JUD111 Sentencing Misdemeanants 1

Term 2

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
FYC ENG102 First-Year Composition 3
HU AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice 3
RC AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
RC AJS119 Computer Applications in Justice Studies 3
RC JUD109 Judicial Writing 1
RC JUD113 Court Management 2

Term 3

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
Critical Rdg CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3
Oral Comm COM100 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication

Term 4

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
RE Restricted Elective Any AJS or LAS or POS prefixed course 3
NS Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area 4
RC JUD107 Civil Procedure In Arizona Courts 2
RC JUD119 Alternative Dispute Resolution 1
RC JUD121 Appeals 1

Term 5

Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RC AJS201 Rules Of Evidence 3
RC AJS210 Constitutional Law 3
RC AJS258 Victimology and Crisis Management 3
RE Restricted Elective Any AJS or LAS or POS prefixed course 3
RC JUD115 Injunctive Actions 2


Test exempt in CRE101 requires additional 3 AJS credits.

A Certificate of Completion specialization should be considered to meet AJS elective courses.

It is recommended that Term 3 courses be taken during the summer.

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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