Certificate of Completion in Legal Studies

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Field of Interest: Behavioral Science and Human Services

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Legal Studies is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a course of study specifically focused on legal studies. It is one pathway to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice. 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Legal Studies (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5966N
Total Credits Required
15
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments. 
  2. Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning. 
  3. Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences.
  4. Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system. 
  5. Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals. 
  6. Apply the principles and processes of criminal and constitutional law, criminology theory, knowledge of the functions and components of the criminal justice system, and current issues to criminal justice operations. 
  7. Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data. 
  8. Practice professional standards appropriate to the field of criminal justice. 
  9. Subscribe to and practice ethical behavior appropriate to the field of criminal justice. 

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

$85,757

Police Identification and Records Officers

$85,757

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law Critical course Gateway course RC 3
AJS201 Rules of Evidence RC 3
AJS123 or
AJS205
Ethics and the Administration of Justice or Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice RC 3
AJS210 Constitutional Law RC 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law RC 3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

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

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Legal Studies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=139596).