Online Associate Degrees in Law & Justice

An online associate degree in law and justice may teach students the fundamentals of the legal process, criminal theory, and the law. In this two-year program, students may learn how to properly enforce laws, investigate crimes, and prepare cases for court. Popular areas of concentration may include criminal justice, law enforcement, and legal studies.

Upon graduation, students may either seek entry-level employment or pursue a baccalaureate degree in law and justice. Associate-level graduates may find employment in law firms, police stations, and local sheriff’s departments.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 7% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

An associate degree in law and justice may consist of general education requirements as well as a set of core classes geared towards the student’s area of concentration. Students may take classes such as criminal investigations, introduction to corrections, and juvenile justice. Possible areas of concentration for an associate degree in law and justice may include the following:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Studies
  • Homeland Security
  • Cyber Security

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may gain employment in law firms, government agencies, law enforcement, judicial offices, and correctional facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police and detective employment is projected to increase by 7% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Corrections Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Case Worker
  • Police Officer
  • Legal Assistant

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an associate degree in law and justice may wish to continue their education by transferring their credits to a baccalaureate degree program. A bachelor’s degree in law and justice may provide students with more detailed study in areas such as justice studies, criminal law, and forensic law.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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