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Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in the fields of law enforcement, probation, parole, security, and related criminal justice fields along with related technical occupations. It provides practitioners in the Administration of Justice field with the opportunity for academic growth and development in their specialized fields and prepares them to continue their education at a four-year institution.

For those already employed within a related field, the Administration of Justice program may lead to opportunities for promotion and advancement.


Knowledge and Skills

Students are taught to understand the process of the justice system from arrest to sentencing through course topics including Constitutional law, criminology, rules of evidence, procedural criminal law, community relations, juvenile justice procedures, and courtroom protocol. Other courses explore defensive tactics, evidence technology, and ethics.

Skills and knowledge gained from the successful completion of this program include the ability to:

  • Describe the major rules of evidence, including the Opinion Rule, Hearsay Rules (and its exceptions), Best Evidence Rule, the Exclusionary Rule, and the rules regarding privileged communications.
  • List and describe elements necessary to prove the corpus delicti of criminal acts as found in the common law and the Arizona Revised Statutes.
  • Identify principles of law which have evolved from "landmark" decisions pertaining to criminal justice.
  • Identify and describe the goals and objectives of criminal investigation.
  • Describe criminal investigation and list the appropriate steps to be undertaken during the investigation of specific crimes.

Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

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Associate in Arts (AA) Bachelor of Arts
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Applied Science

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has a MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.


Career and Employment Outlook

The Administration of Justice program is designed to prepare students for careers focused on helping others and upholding the law through work in positions such as:

  • Agent for Federal organizations (Border Patrol, DEA, FBI, Secret Service)
  • Detention or correctional officer
  • Parole & Probation officer
  • Police officer
  • Sheriff's deputy
  • State or local investigative officer

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