Administration of Justice Courses


ADJ1 Introduction to Administration of Justice                       3 Units
UC/CSU                                                                                      Prerequisites: None

The history and philosophy of administration of justice in America; recapitulation of the system; identifying the various subsystems, role expectations, and their interrelationships; theories of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation; ethics, education, and training for professionalism in the system. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ2 Principles & Procedures of the Justice System                 3 Units
CSU                                                                                              Prerequisites: None

This course provides an examination and analysis of due process in criminal proceedings from pre-arrest through trial and appeal utilizing statutory law and state and constitutional precedents. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ3 Concepts of Criminal Law                                              3 Units
UC/CSU                                                                                    Prerequisites: None

Historical development, philosophy of law and constitutional provisions; definitions, classification of crimes, and their application to the system of administration of justice; legal research, study of case law, methodology, and concepts of law as a social force. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ4 Legal Aspects of Evidence                                               3 Units
CSU                                                                                           Prerequisites: None

Origin, development, philosophy and constitutional basis of evidence; constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kinds and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ5 Community Relations                                                    3 Units
UC/CSU                                                                                   Prerequisites: None

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ8 Juvenile Law & Procedures                                             3 Units
CSU                                                                                           Prerequisites: None

The organization, functions, and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies; the processing and detention of juveniles; juvenile case disposition; juvenile statutes and court procedures. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ9 Law in American Society                                                3 Units
UC/CSU                                                                                    Prerequisites: None

A general survey of practical law intended as an introduction to the American legal system and to acquaint the student with elements of the law that affect everyday legal relationships: criminal and juvenile justice, consumer law, family law, housing law, and individual rights and liberties. Emphasis is placed on the philosophical and political foundations of law and on civil law. Recommended for prelaw students and for others interested in the practical application of the law. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ12 Introduction to Criminalistics                                      3 Units
CSU                                                                                            Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to the role of criminalistics in criminal investigations. It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances . The categories of inceptive evidence, identification evidence, associative evidence, and corroborative evidence will be explored, and the pattern, chemical, and biological types of evidence will be examined. 54 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory.


ADJ13 Criminal Investigation                                                  3 Units
CSU                                                                                           Prerequisites: None

Fundamentals of investigation; crime scene search and recording; collection and preservation of physical evidence; scientific aids; modus operandi; sources of information; interviews and interrogation; follow up and case preparation. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ14 Advanced Criminal Investigation                                  3 Units
CSU                                                                                            Prerequisites: ADJ13

Advanced training and skill development in the conduct of crime scene investigation and in the recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence. Focus is on the understanding and working knowledge of fingerprints, ballistics, firearms identification, varieties of trace evidence and a basic introduction to forensic sciences. 54 hours lecture and 24 hours laboratory.


ADJ15 Narcotics                                                                      3 Units
CSU                                                                                          Prerequisites: None

A basic understanding of narcotics and dangerous drugs and the causes of addiction or habituation. Identification of narcotics, hallucinogenics, enforcement procedure and legal aspects. 54hours lecture.


ADJ20 Introduction to Corrections                                          3 Units
CSU                                                                                            Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the history and trends of adult and juvenile corrections, including probation and parole. The course will focus on the legal issues, specific laws and general operations of correctional institutions. The relationship between corrections and other components of the judicial system will also be examined. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and training Board of the Department of Corrections, California Youth Authority and the California Peace Officers Association to fulfill the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for apprentices hired after July 1, 1995 by CDC and CYA. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ21 Control & Supervision in Corrections                          3 Units
CSU                                                                                            Prerequisites: None

The history and philosophy of administration of justice in America; recapitulation of the system; identifying the various subsystems, role expectations, and their interrelationships; theories of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation; ethics, education, and training for professionalism in the system. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ22 Legal Aspects of Corrections                                         3 Units
CSU                                                                                            Prerequisites: None

This course provides students with an awareness of the historical framework, concepts and precedents that guide correctional practice. Course study will broaden the individual’s perspective of the corrections environment, the civil rights of prisoners and the responsibilities and liabilities of corrections officials. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officers Standards and Training Board of the Department of Corrections, California Youth Authority and the California Peace Officers Association to fulfill the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for apprentices hired after July 1, 1995 by CDC and CYA. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ25 Introduction to Probation & Parole                              3 Units
CSU                                                                                             Prerequisites: None

This course provides an overview of the historical development of probation and parole from early court procedures through modern practices. Course study will emphasize organization, function, goals, development and treatment theory focusing on how these concepts are utilized in California. 54 hours lecture.


ADJ200 Administration of Justice Work Experience                1-2-3-4 Units
CSU                                                                                             Prerequisites: None

Advisory: Students should have paid or voluntary employment.
This course is designed to coordinate the student’s occupational on- the-job training with related instruction in work-related skills. Students may earn up to four (4) units each semester for a maximum of 16 units of work experience. No more than 20 hours per week may be applied toward the work requirement. Students enrolling in WKX-200 are administratively moved to the appropriate general or occupational work experience course after the first class meeting based upon several factors, including the number of hours worked during the semester, occupational program requirements, and type of work in which the student is engaged. 18 hours orientation and 60 hours of volunteer work experience (maximum of 240 hours) or 75 hours of paid work experience (maximum of 300 hours) are required for each enrolled unit. (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass option.)