Why Study Criminal Justice?

The Criminal Justice System of England and Wales includes such organisations as the police, the courts, and The Crown Prosecution Service and refers broadly to the way in which they operate on a national and local level to control crime and to uphold law. Although, such phenomena as 9/11 and 7/7, the recent popularity of the Wire, and the tabloid media’s zeal for disclosing “information” about criminal/terrorist networks has promoted the need to debate and question the powers and the systems used by our law enforcers, there are other reasons for people with an interest in crime to consider studying a Criminal Justice degree.

The first thing for prospective Criminal Justice students to acknowledge is the diverse range of career opportunities open to an individual after graduation. A Criminal Justice degree is not only well-suited to someone who might like to work as a ‘bobby on the beat’ in a small town police station, or for the CID in a more fast-paced city environment. There is also every reason that a graduate may be able to embark on a career in law, possibly as a barrister or lawyer. Additionally, there is also the chance to focus on community-based work, such as rehabilitation for juveniles or ex-offenders.

However, Criminal Justice degrees not only teach how to enforce and uphold laws, but there is also almost as much of a focus on the analysis of why crime exists in the first place. This might include study of the social and economic implications on areas of high crime and why extremes and types vary from place to place. There is also considerable study of the notion of criminality, and the important acknowledgment of the scale of crime.

A Criminal Justice degree today will also typically deal with the most relevant and recent areas of law and crime. These might include human rights, racism, terrorism, and the key issues therein. It is also possible to study such a future-orientated subject in the most up to date manner via home study or a course online, as well as by more traditional means.

Yet, perhaps one of the most important aspects of studying Criminal Justice is the responsibility gained when graduating and moving into a law-based job. Whilst being overseen by government bodies such as The Ministry of Justice and The Home Office, the future of law and the Criminal Justice system is very much in the hands of the ground-level enforcers and community workers who view crime first hand.

Comparison of the Traditional English Laws & European Community (EC) Laws on Jurisdictional Values

Introduction: This paper endeavours to compare the traditional English law and the European Community (EC) law on jurisdictional values, in that, it seeks to understand and elucidate why the former set of jurisdictional rules value flexibility and justice while the latter values certainty and predictability vis-à-vis the other. It shall analyse their historical or political background, their objectives and bases for assuming jurisdiction. It shall highlight the areas of differences between these jurisdictional regimes with the assistance of authorities like significant Court cases and books that have besides explaining or simplifying the law have also helped its evolution.

Definition: The word ‘Jurisdiction’ can have several meanings, but if understood in context with the Court of law it generally means the ability or authority of a particular Court to determine the issues before it on which a decision is sought. The rules on Jurisdiction play a pivotal role in determining the Court’s ability to address the issues in a given matter.

Jurisdictional issues become complex on the involvement of more than one Court having jurisdiction. This is certainly an area of concern not only for the international trade or business (who may be put in an invidious position where they are unaware of the extent of their liability) but also the sovereign states that seek to trade with each other without having to spoil their amicable relationship.

The English Law: The English legal system (having the common law at its core) has had and still continues to have a formidable place in expounding the law on several issues, mostly due to the availability of intellectuals and experts that have helped it in doing so.

Traditional English law (the common law) is basically the case laws that have over period of time become an authority with regard to the matter determined therein. Prior to entering the European Union (EU) by signing the document of accession in 1978, in the U.K, along with the judge made laws, even legislations played a significant role though it may have been more or less remedial in nature. However, it seems logical to allow the judge made law to test the legislation whenever it is so required by the change in circumstances which can be given effect to with relative ease as in comparison with the legislation process.

Before the advent of the Brussels/Lugano system and the Modified Regulation the traditional rules were applied in all cases, and it is their historical roots that make it appropriate to refer to them as the traditional English law/rules.

The jurisdiction of English courts is determined by different regimes:
1. The Brussels I Regulation (hereinafter the ‘Regulation’) (an amended version of the Brussels Convention but notwithstanding the amendments it applies a similar system of rules on jurisdiction);
2. The Modified Regulation which allocates jurisdiction within U.K under certain circumstances; and
3. The traditional English rules.

There are other sets of rules on jurisdiction like the EC/Denmark Agreement on jurisdiction and the those contained in the Lugano Convention; but their ambit is restricted in application to the cases where the defendant is domiciled in Denmark in case of the former and in an EFTA member state in case of the latter. There is also the Brussels Convention which applies to Denmark alone.

The EC law: In contrast to the traditional English law, the European Community seems to place more importance on the legislative work than the judge made laws. Apparently, for the EC, it is more important that the basic edifice of their legal system should be based in a codified structure which it defends on the grounds of ease of understanding amongst other reasons. Whereas, English laws seem to put more emphasis on having a common law or judge made law background. On this anvil, one begins to understand the differences that exist between the respective legal systems and their values, that is, a basic difference in the manner of approaching the issues even in cases where their objectives may be same.

The EC law on jurisdiction is more inclined towards the importance of predictability and certainty in the rules than towards matters like justice and flexibility as can be understood upon reading the 11th recital of the Regulation that states: ‘The rules of jurisdiction must be highly predictable and founded on the principle that jurisdiction must generally be based on defendants domicile and jurisdiction must always be available on this ground save in few defined situations…’

Whereas, the only mention of flexibility in the Regulation is contained in the 26th recital wherein it provides that the rules in the regulation may be flexible only to the extent of allowing specific procedural rules of member states.

According to the EC law on jurisdiction, it seems that this particular requirement of predictability is necessary for parties to a dispute to know exactly within which jurisdiction(s) they can sue and be sued. The EC law gives priority to the primary objective of harmonizing the laws on jurisdiction within the territory of its member states and therefore makes it mandatory to uphold the strict accuracy to its principle while giving secondary status to the objective of justice for the parties. The EC law as well as the traditional English law may very well have their own justifications and reasons for following a particular system; but it is submitted that this seems to be not only a matter of difference in manner of approach or attitude but also a matter of prioritization of the objectives by both the EC law and traditional English law on jurisdiction. The list of cases mentioned hereinafter for the benefit of elucidating the topic under discussion are, as shall be evident, decided under the Brussels Convention which can be used for interpreting the rules under the Regulation.

Comparison of EC Law v English Law:
1. Bases of Jurisdiction: The most significant difference that exists between the traditional English laws and the EC law on jurisdiction is the element of discretion that the respective body of law gives to the judges in determining the jurisdictional issues. Under the Regulation the assumption of jurisdiction is largely mandatory with the court not being free to decline jurisdiction; whereas under the English traditional rules the assumption of jurisdiction is discretionary.

The Regulation applies only to matters that are civil and commercial in nature and not to those that have been explicitly excluded from its application (for e.g. Cases pertaining to arbitration, succession, wills and bankruptcy have been excluded from the application of the Regulation). Whereas, the traditional English rules apply not only to cases that fall outside the scope of Art.1 of the Regulation but also to those that fall within its scope where the defendant is not domiciled in any member state and the jurisdiction is not allocated by any of the rules which apply, regardless of domicile.

A. In the traditional English rules the court has jurisdiction in three situations:
i. If the defendant is present in England (though the court may stay the proceedings on the ground that another court is a more appropriate forum). Jurisdiction under this situation is dependent on the presence of the defendant in the country whereby the claim form may be served to him.
ii. If the defendant submits to the court’s jurisdiction: wherein the defendant submits by not contesting jurisdiction or by arguing the case on its merits.
iii. If the claim falls within Practice Direction: (CPR PD 6B) (which is dependent on the court giving permission to serve process out of its jurisdiction) where the court considering England to be the most appropriate forum (despite of absence of reasons under i. or ii. on the basis of some connection between England and the defendant. There seems on a perusal of this provision, a functional similarity with Arts.5 & 6 of the Regulation.

B. Jurisdiction under the EC Law: Except for certain instances where the applicability of the EC law on jurisdiction does not depend on the defendants domicile (Art.22 Exclusive Jurisdiction and Art.23 Prorogation of Jurisdiction) the EC law on jurisdiction rests on the domicile of the defendant, and makes it mandatory for the court of a member state to determine the jurisdictional issues and other issues where the defendant is domiciled in its jurisdiction.

The Brussels Regulation does provide for instances where the defendant can be sued in another member state though he is not domiciled in that particular state; but these cases have been very explicitly outlined in the regulation leaving little or no scope for the exercise of discretion by the judge. However, Art.4 of the Regulation provides that a member state can (subject to the provisions in Articles 22 and 23 of the Regulation) exercise its traditional laws on jurisdiction in cases where the defendant is not domiciled in any of the member states. This provision while giving scope for the applicability of the traditional rules has at the same time also given rise to the idea that there is now only one source of jurisdictional rules, namely the Brussels Regulation.

C. Mandatory rules under EC law v Forum Conveniens:
Forum conveniens: upon bringing an action in England, the claimant has to prove that it is the forum conveniens, that is, the matter can be tired therein in the interest of justice; and the relevant factors in considering this are the same as under forum non conveniens. Forum conveniens is determined in two stages, namely:
i. Where in the 1st stage the claimant should show that England is an appropriate forum (considering, among other things, the nature of dispute, issues involved and in cases where relevant, the availability of witnesses.
ii. At the 2nd stage the claimant must establish that even if there is another forum, justice will not be done there, showing thereby that England is the more appropriate forum.

However, England may not be the appropriate forum where the claimant will only be deprived of some legitimate personal or juridical advantage like a higher compensation award.

Mandatory rules under EC law: Unlike the Traditional English rules, under the Regulation, if the court has jurisdiction under any of the provisions thereof (e.g. Arts.2 or 5) it cannot refuse jurisdiction on the grounds that some other court is best suited to determine the matter, showing the mandatory nature of the rules.

In case of lis pendens (Art.27) or proceedings in 2 or more states (Art.28) the Regulation gives precedence to the court first seized (Art.29 & 30) regardless of the actual jurisdiction being in the court 2nd seized.

These rules are mandatory in so far as they fall within the scope of Art.1 of the Regulation; no deviation thereof is permitted on the grounds of justice or convenience or any like reason. Paraphrasing the reasoning of the ECJ, the reason for such mandatory compliance is the promotion of legal certainty and predictability and the free flow of judgments amongst the member states on the basis of the codified rules in the Regulation which are not dependent on any judge’s discretion.

2. Forum non conveniens and lis pendens:

A. Forum non conveniens: Jurisdiction under the traditional rules also depends on whether the court shall decline jurisdiction or stay the proceedings. An English court shall in determining jurisdiction under its traditional rules try to ascertain which is the more appropriate forum and may even stay its proceedings in cases where it thinks that another forum is best suited for the case and in doing so it employs what may be called the basic test i.e. whether it is in the interest of the parties and would meet the interest of justice.

However, it was the Spiliada Case which promulgated another test i.e. ‘the two stage test’ for deciding the more appropriate forum for determining the case before the court. Where the court considers, in the 1st stage which is prima facie the most appropriate forum (burden being on the defendant) on the basis of connecting factors like: (territorial connection) place where the parties reside, the law applicable, the availability of witnesses (if any), balance of convenience (applied in Spiliada itself) and where proceedings between the same parties arising out of the same dispute are pending before a foreign court, show how long the trial has been in existence which would be a strong argument in favour of forum non conveniens where such case is on the verge of resolution one (unlike Art. 27 of the Brussels Regulation, the traditional rules do not endorse a simple ‘first come, first serve’ approach) and whereas in the 2nd stage (burden shifting on the claimant) upon considering the relevant connecting factors it thinks that the dispute is more closely connected with a foreign court.

B. Lis alibi pendens: The doctrine of Lis Pendens under Art.27 of the Brussels Regulation makes it mandatory for the court which is second seized (in proceedings having same cause of action and same parties and the dispute is before the courts of two or more member states) to stay its proceedings in favour of the court first seized until such time till the latter has not established its jurisdiction notwithstanding that the court second seized may actually have prima facie grounds for the exercise of its jurisdiction (For example: Arts. 22 and 23).

In contrast to the traditional English law, the Brussels Regulation gives absolutely no discretion to the judge to stay its own proceedings and grant jurisdiction in favour of another court on grounds of availability of a more appropriate forum. For instance, in the Owusu case wherein the European Court of Justice held that Brussels Convention precludes a Court of a contracting state from declining jurisdiction conferred on it by Art.2 on the ground that a court of a non-contracting state would be more appropriate forum for the trial of the action even if the jurisdiction of no other state is in issue or the proceedings have no connecting factors to any other contracting state. This regardless of the fact that the person putting up a plea of forum non conveniens is able to prove that he may not be able to secure justice in a foreign court or that he is in fact devoid of any access to effective justice.

The doctrine of Lis Pendens may seem like a simplified manner of approaching simultaneous proceedings in different courts vis-à-vis the doctrine of forum non conveniens which is dependent on the judges discretion; and also seems logical in cases where there could be a possibility of having two conflicting decisions as may happen under the traditional rules. At the same time it also seems arbitrary in that it makes mandatory for the court first seized to decide upon its jurisdiction before the court second seized, regardless of any pressing evidence adduced that places jurisdiction elsewhere.

The doctrine of lis pendens seeks to support the object of the drafters of the Brussels Regulation which is to promote confidence in the internal market, to reduce disparities between national laws on the jurisdictional front; and to strengthen the belief of persons domiciled in the member states under the present jurisdictional set-up, so as to safeguard their legal and large monetary interests and this in turn leads to the creation of legal certainty which view or observation is supported by several bearers of intellect in the concerned field of study.

Art. 27 of the Regulation requires the court second seized to stay its proceedings until the court first seized has established its jurisdiction. This provision seems to give ample room for parties to commercial matters in particular to take advantage of the loopholes available in the legal framework established under the Brussels Regulation which is best explained by explanation of the term ‘Italian Torpedo’.

Art. 27 while intending certainty has ended up providing an avenue for a rat race of sorts to the court house for the parties having a dispute in civil and commercial matters as well as those that wish to obstruct the course of justice. A party seeking to prolong the outcome of the dispute can approach the court of a member state which otherwise on the merits of the case may not have the requisite jurisdiction to hear it (e.g. Italy); and where the hearing and official determination of only the jurisdictional issues may possibly take long enough to frustrate the objectives of the party seeking an early resolution or remedy for the mischief of the other party.

In the Transporti Castelletti case where a Danish shipping company had to contest a jurisdictional issue before the Italian court for eight years when the receiver of the cargo under its Bill of Lading brought proceedings in Italy this notwithstanding the fact that the Bill of Lading which it delivered to an Argentinean shipper for voyage from Argentina to Italy had explicitly mentioned a ‘choice of court clause’ favouring England. This outcome does beg the question if there are any provisions that guarantee a fair and speedy delivery of justice. This requirement seems to have been overlooked even by the European Court of Justice, specially, with regard to the lack of efficiency which the Italian courts have shown in dispensing speedy remedies.

This issue was once again put to test in the Erich Gasser GmbH v MISAT Srl which was pertaining to patent rights and also involved a ‘choice of court agreement’ (Art.17 of the Brussels Convention) whereby the parties are free to choose which court shall have exclusive jurisdiction or if the parties require they may even make it a non-exclusive jurisdiction clause by stating the courts that shall have jurisdiction.

Gasser an Austrian firm and MISRAT an Italian Company had submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of an Austrian court by virtue of statement granting jurisdiction to the Austrian court contained in all invoices transacted under by the parties. But knowing that there was a possibility that Gasser may file a suit under the choice of court agreement, Misat with the intent to prolong the proceedings and the outcome of the case sought to invoke the jurisdiction of the Italian court and filed a suit there thereby making it the court first seized of the matter.

The case was pending before the Italian court for a period of eight years simply to have its jurisdiction established though it could be seen from the invoices transacted between the parties to the dispute that there was an explicit clause which was as per the provisions of Art.23 namely, i. the agreement was in writing; ii. in form with accords with practices which the parties have established between themselves; or iii. in international trade or commerce in a form which accords with a usage of which the parties are ought to have been aware and which is in widely known in such trade or commerce or regularly observed by the parties to the contract of the type involved in the particular trade or commerce.

3. Preclusion of jurisdiction under the English Law and EC law: Under the traditional English law, when the court finds itself to be the more appropriate forum it may grant an anti-suit injunction i.e. an injunction restraining a party from instituting or pursuing proceedings in another court, which is generally sought by defendants in foreign proceedings praying that the matter be decided in England where the grounds for injunction can include: unconscionable behavior, ends of justice and contractual reasons i.e. arbitration agreement.

In contrast to the English law under the Brussels Regulation the court 1st seized will determine its jurisdiction first and the courts 2nd seized shall (despite having jurisdiction over the matter on all relevant grounds) stay its own proceedings and not be permitted to issue any anti-suit injunction and will have to await the determination of jurisdiction by the court first seized. This despite the fact that the proceedings in the court first seized might be brought in bad fait and to frustrate the proceedings of the court second seized. (Based on the view of the ECJ that the states must trust each other, which seems like allowing the interest of justice in favour of an individual, as in Turner v Grovit to be overlain by the interest of the state)

Scope of jurisdiction in recognition and enforcement of judgments: A court cannot recognize or enforce a judgment without the requisite jurisdiction. The set of rules applicable would depend primarily on the country where the judgment was given. Recognition under the traditional law operates without impediments as regards judgments from many countries including many of the Middle Eastern countries, the non-common wealth countries including therein the US, Asia and Africa. Enforcement under the common law is dependent on bringing ordinary proceedings, whereas, the statutory regimes require specific procedures i.e. Registration.

In contrast to the English law, under the EC law on recognition and enforcement contained in Chapter III of the Regulation, jurisdiction is available only in civil and commercial matters; where the judgment is given by the court of a member state, the EC law will only give recognition and enforce those judgments that are given under the Regulation. Where unlike the common law there is no special procedure for recognition and enforcement; yet the number of defenses, are limited.

Critical Analysis: One critical aspect in favour of forum non conveniens is the noble and paramount objective namely, the interest of justice, which would have rightly served the need of cases like Gasser and Turner v Grovit had the objective of the EC law been so. In that, the requirement of maintaining comity amongst nations is given preference over doing justice to the parties, a codified structure and interpretation thereof seems to overrule the requirement of practicality and logic.

Due to cases like Gasser, there is a possibility that the reasoning of the European Court of Justice may be able to change the meaning behind the maxim pacta sunt servanda giving rise to instances where the terms contained in the express contracts like, jurisdiction agreement may be ignored or subverted in pursuance of sinister objectives like causing delays; frustration of commercial enterprise and cause heavy losses.

There are certain provisions in the Regulation (for instance Art.22 (4)) that run contrary to the objective of the EC law as stated hereinbefore, while leaving many questions unanswered. It may also be argued that the definition of lis pendens in Art.27 is quite technical and mechanical, being hinged on the 1st seized rule implying a first come first serve basis of justice, whereas in the traditional English laws there is no requirement of a definition; can deal with most problems with the help of discretionary rules. But matters like anti-suit injunctions under the traditional rules run contrary to modern objectives like comity of nations

The Regulation excoriates the application of the domestic laws on jurisdiction by member states under circumstances where the Regulation is applicable. Though the intention is to help parties to civil and commercial matters discern their rights and liabilities lie; but in doing so the EC law has in fact taken away much of the English Court’s discretionary power, as is evident from the outcome of the Owusu case.

Conclusion: It is submitted that it is not only the difference of attitudes or manner of approach that differentiates the traditional English law and the EC law on jurisdiction; but also the nature of these rules which as regards the EC law on jurisdiction is mandatory unlike- the traditional English law which is discretionary.

There have been instances wherein, on the basis of the traditional rules on jurisdiction, the English Courts have assumed jurisdiction in cases where it was clearly not the most appropriate court as per its two stage test promulgated in the Spiliada case; yet for the purpose of doing justice to the parties therein it has even given legal aid to the South African citizens on the English tax payers account, which in itself goes to show the extent to which the English court can be flexible.

The objective of the traditional rules is clear i.e. achieving justice for the parties to a dispute regardless of any set parameters; but this very factor makes a party to a commercial dispute uncertain of the jurisdictions it may or may not get sued in, which contingency the Regulation endeavours to clarify for the purpose of achieving its objective of building confidence in the European commercial market.

In light of the foregoing observations, it is submitted, that the traditional English laws do in fact prefer or value flexibility and justice over certainty and predictability, whilst the EC law on jurisdiction prefers or values certainty and predictability over flexibility and justice to the parties which is predominantly due to the inclination it has towards their respective objectives which mandates the said preference or prioritization.

Criminal Justice Bachelor Degrees

With the increasing rate of criminal incidences and security issues, criminal justice is emerging as an important course to be learned and is gaining wide popularity over the years. The recent events of terrorism have generated a rave amongst citizens to gather knowledge about the subjects quite unknown to them, and hence criminal justice has become a really interesting topic to study as of now. Criminal law bachelor’s degree will provide the student a rare chance to understand the laws and regulations enforced to keep the criminal justices at par and also comprehend upon the cj theory, corrections, law enforcements, courts, forensics and paralegals.

A bachelor’s degree in criminal law will also help an individual to gain entry-level jobs or can also make the person eligible for enhanced career options like the corrections, public safety, parole, investigation, juvenile justice, court systems, private protective services, probation and law enforcements.

It is interesting to note that there are a huge number of universities and colleges who are offering the bachelor program in this category and with specialization in specific areas in criminal law. Kaplan University is amongst the top class universities of the country and enjoys a unique position of providing bachelor programs in criminal justice highlighting on eleven varied areas of the subject. The university provides BS programs in Legal studies and a BS programs in Paralegal studies. Everest University Online also provides diverse bachelor degrees in criminal investigation, paralegal studies and homeland security, which gives this great chance to the students to concentrate on their area of interest.

American InterContinental University Online provides an accelerated bachelor program on the subject. Capella University offers BS in Public Safety with specializations including Homeland Security and paralegal education. Strayer University is quite different in its approach of providing degrees based on the tastes of the students like the BS in Criminal Justice with Homeland Security and Emergency Management or Homeland Security Technology as the specialization subjects. Bachelor degree programs in Crime Scene Investigation, Cyber Crime and Juvenile Justice is offered by the South University and is quite popular for its exclusive contribution of different degrees which is based on the needs of the students. Walden University provides an exclusive program known as the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal law and Criminals.

It is important to know that a bachelor’s degree in criminal law will enrich the student with knowledge about the various criminal justice procedures and the knowledge for public safety research and principles. Criminal Justice Bachelor degree programs will put you in front of your career lane and will allow you to be a specialist at your task, displaying professionalism and commitment towards your job.

Criminal Justice – Career Training Online

Learning to be a member of the criminal justice system is available through numerous online training options. Students can find a program at every educational level depending on their career goals. Online schools offer students in depth education that trains them to step into the criminal justice field.

When pursuing a criminal justice career students study the philosophy, science, and ethical procedure of the industry. The interdisciplinary approach of the field teaches students to understand the prevention of crime and the different forms of punishment. Students can complete a degree in criminal justice and enter a variety of careers.

*Undergraduate Study

Earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degree online is the typical educational level gained by professionals. Entry-level positions are obtainable when students complete their education. Online associate’s degree programs last approximately two years and students train to become detectives, police officers, bailiffs, and more. A four-year bachelor’s degree program centers on the entire process of preventing crime and dealing with criminals. More career opportunities open for students that have a bachelor’s degree. Students learn the security practices and standard law enforcement to enter careers in the public sector and government agencies. Curriculum covered inside an undergraduate degree prepares students to be responsible for criminal justice. Courses that foster this acquired skill may include:

  • Deviant Behavior
  • Criminology
  • Penology
  • Law and Ethics

Understanding the issues and concerns that come with these field areas and more allow students to become a part of the profession. Self-defense tactics, firearms safety procedures, and crime investigation practices are some course topics that students can expect to learn. Application of learned skills is used during schooling depending on the career of choice. For example, students wanting to be police officers may be required to find a police station near their home in order to conduct a ride along. Further education is for students wanting to enter management positions.

*Graduate Study

Advanced training can be earned online when students pursue a master’s or doctorate degree. A master’s degree program on average lasts two years and students are trained to take on leadership roles inside their current position or future career. A doctorate degree program is usually reserved for students with many years of criminal justice experience. Online education explores all topics of criminal justice, which allows students to become professors at colleges. Curriculum covered at the graduate degree level may include:

  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal law
  • Group Psychology
  • Criminal Structure

Many managerial positions are available for students that complete a master’s degree program. Stepping into the classroom as a professor is available to students that wish to teach the field to upcoming professionals.

Students can find an accredited online program for them at any level of education. Accredited schools and colleges are proven to offer students a quality education in their desired field. Agencies like the Distance Education and Training Council ( http://www.detc.org ) are approved to fully accredit educational career training programs. Becoming a contributing member of the criminal justice field is available when students search out the program needed for their career goal.

DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERIC OUTLINE and may or may not depict precise methods, courses and/or focuses related to ANY ONE specific school(s) that may or may not be advertised at PETAP.org.

Criminal Justice Associate Degree

The chaos and fear of the 9/11 attack generated a wave of sheer panic amongst all the citizens of U.S. It was not an anticipated incident and the terror and desperation created from it will never be wiped out from our minds. There has been a great upsurge for the criminal law studies in the nation lately. The study of crime, criminals and justice system constitutes the gist of a criminal justice program. This thrilling and satisfying career can be obtained by studying the criminal justice associate degree programs which have been provided by a number of accredited universities and colleges.

Criminal law associate degree leads the students in to a new world of Cops, Courts, and Corrections. An associate degree would help any individual to procure entry-level jobs in paralegal services, court administration, victim services and corrections. An associate degree program in criminal law can also be defined as a stepping stone to other advanced studies in the same field as in the bachelor’s program and finally the law school program.

Associate degree in Criminal Law has been provided by different universities and colleges with a wide-variety of different subjects and topics. Most of the universities and colleges require the applicants to have a GED or High School Diploma in order to enroll for a criminal justice associate program. Liberty University Online is among the top ten online colleges and has been successfully providing a degree of Associate’s in Criminal Justice. The Remington College Online has carefully designed two distinct Associate degree programs in criminal justice. One is an Associate’s in Criminal Justice and the other one is the Associate’s in Paralegal Studies. University of Phoenix online

is widely popular all over the nation as the premier university committed towards the welfare of the students by preparing them for a profession in crime law and provides the Associate of Arts in Criminal Law program for the students. Everest College Online and Everest University Online provide a set of different associate degree programs in criminal law. Both the organizations offer a Criminal Justice Associate’s Degree and also another unique program called the Criminal Investigations Associate’s Degree. Keiser University offers special programs in the field of Criminal law like the Associate’s in Criminal Law, Associate’s in Homeland Security and Associate’s in Paralegal Studies, which mostly covers all the basic areas of the crime justice studies. Many other colleges and universities who also provide different criminal justice associate degrees are the Florida Tech University, Herzing University, Jones College, Kaplan University, Rasmussen College, Westwood College and so on.

Criminal law associate degree programs have become exceptionally famous and have been declared so in October 2007. Increasing hazard to homeland security and enforcement of severe criminal prosecution laws has inundated the number of correction officers and also paralegals and legal researchers. Hence, an associate degree in criminal law has turned in to a wonderful career line and also the first step towards a fine future.