Take the First Step Toward Your Criminal Justice Career Now!
Abraham Lincoln University is a nationally accredited institution dedicated to providing focused, practical, online courses at all degree levels. In addition to our flagship law school, our programs include associate, undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees, plus diplomas and certificates, in law, criminal justice, business administration, general studies, IT, and more. Students choose ALU to advance their careers in areas that reflect their interests and passions.
An online Associate of Science in Criminal Justice is a unique way to master the concepts of the legal system, law enforcement, evidence handling, and crime scene investigation. The field of Criminal Justice centers on the control of criminal behavior in the maintenance of public order. The program covers such skills as the secure management, safe keeping, and control of suspects and inmates, which must be performed in a humane manner in compliance with the constitutional standards. The Associate degree prepares students to think critically about issues such as criminology, administration, criminal investigation, evidence, and procedures.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice includes developing an understanding of the advanced concepts of the primary functions of law enforcement, prosecution, trial, corrections, juvenile offenders, handling evidence, crime scene investigation, and associated responsibilities. In addition, the program builds skills in areas such as the secure management, safe keeping, and control of inmates committed to jail or prison custody, which must be performed in a humane manner in compliance with the constitutional standards. The Bachelor program provides a broad base of criminal justice concepts and problem-solving skills applicable to contemporary issues in the field.
The Certificate of Investigation focuses on developing skills related to criminal investigation and criminalistics. Students will learn the rules and ethics of crime scene investigations in order to analyze diverse crime scenes and apply that knowledge to real life scenarios. Successful students in this certificate program who want to pursue a full degree at a later date may transfer their earned certificate courses towards one of Abraham Lincoln University’s Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree programs.
The Certificate in Legal Assisting helps students to develop the skills necessary for effective legal writing, document processing, and legal research. The certificate will prepare students for an entry level legal assistant position in legal services, and law offices. Successful students in this certificate program who want to pursue a full degree at a later date may transfer their earned certificate courses towards one of Abraham Lincoln University’s Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal system. The program covers major topics in legal studies in core courses, after which students can then focus on specific areas of interests through electives. For students who wish to become paralegals at law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, or to proceed further to legal graduate study, this program will provide a foundation for career and academic advancement.
The Paralegal Studies program offers students the opportunity to study legal principles online at a depth that will give them a competitive edge in the paralegal field and advance their careers. Upon completion of the fifteen-course degree, students can sit for the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA) Certificate exam. Paralegal students are given a student-account with Westlaw and our classes will help you become efficient in online legal research. Students will also take specialty courses and general education courses for a well-rounded education.