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Law & Criminal Justice Degrees and Programs Offered in California (CA)


Do your part to serve your community by earning your choice of law and criminal justice degrees in California. Many assistant and entry level positions require only a 2-year associate's degree, while training for paralegals and higher level corrections officers require a 4-year bachelor's degree plus certification. Training for lawyers requires a bachelor's degree plus law school and passing an examination administered by the State Bar of California.

Law and criminal justice degrees in California create career opportunities

With the right training, you could find yourself in a rewarding criminal justice or law career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports mean annual wages for popular law and criminal justice careers in California, as of 2009:

  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: $59,270
  • Court Reporters: $77,780
  • Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers: $78,690
  • Private Detectives and Investigators: $58,630

Legal and criminal justice careers are expected to grow across California in the coming years. The state's Employment Development Department projects 8.2 percent growth across all legal occupations between 2008 and 2018. During that same span of years, a 12.7 percent growth is projected for legal support workers and a 7.6 percent growth for law enforcement workers. Explore law and criminal justice degrees in California and take your first step towards a career that has you serving and protecting your community.