Program Overview

Law legal concept photo of gavel on computer with legal books in background.Students who successfully complete the Criminal Justice Diploma Program may be eligible to seek employment in various sectors of the criminal justice system, including, but not limited to the areas of law enforcement, private investigation, corrections, and corporate security. Students must successfully complete all of the courses outlined below.

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Criminal Justice Program: Core Classes

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • America’s Court System
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Laws of Evidence
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Ethics
  • Corrections
  • Juvenile Delinquency

Criminal Justice Diploma Program Total Credits: 30

Course Descriptions

What courses are in the Criminal Justice Diploma Program?

The following courses are included in the Criminal Justice Diploma Program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. The Criminal Justice Diploma Program has a total of 30 credit hours.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CJS 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Credit Hours
Introduction to criminal justice provides a realistic description of the American criminal justice system and how it works-police, courts, and corrections. Much more than an “encyclopedia” of criminal justice topics, it provides an intricately woven picture of contemporary American criminal justice such as the staggering increases in juvenile crime, police abuse/brutality, the crisis of prison overcrowding, and the growing trend of alternative sentencing. It is designed to help students integrate the wealth of material to which they are exposed, and assumes a forward-looking perspective that recognizes the importance of individual rights, social order, multi-culturalism, and high-technology as they affect the day-to-day practice of criminal justice students. The fundamental tried-and-true concepts of an evolving discipline give them the critical thinking skills necessary to effectively apply those concepts to the real world, and to apply those concepts and skills to today’s problems and emerging issues of tomorrow.
LGS 302 America’s Court System 3 Credit Hours
This course teaches the fundamentals of the legal system in America and includes an overview of federal courts, state courts, appellate, lower and juvenile courts. It covers the dynamics of courthouse justice, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, defendants and victims and the processing, sentencing of the guilty.
CJS 205 Constitutional Law 3 Credit Hours
Since the drafting of this document in 1787, the U. S. Constitution has proven to be a “framework” within which its basic tenets must be met and the basic rights of people are assured. This course is designed to impart an understanding of the living law of America-the interpretation of the law within this basic framework is by and large a product of the times and the ideologies of Supreme Court justices, the court having the final word in determining what the interpretation of the law is. This is of notable interest to the student of criminal justice, who will journey through the anatomy of the Constitution and its Amendments. Students will learn the guarantees the Constitution provides by way of civil rights and civil liberties. Amendments affecting the criminal justice system that include: search and seizures, arrest warrants, due process of law, Miranda rights, confessions, entrapment, double jeopardy, the right to a fair trial, bail, fines, and punishment will be given consideration as the magnitude of this document and the implications for protecting the personal freedoms of those governed by it are illustrated.
LGS 103 Criminal Law 3 Credit Hours
A great need for specialists in criminal law and procedures has been created by the rapidly expanding criminal justice system. Police departments, attorney generals, district attorneys, and lawyers all need the knowledge of criminal law professionals. This course is designed to give an understanding of both the law and procedural aspects of criminal justice and to prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling career in criminal justice.
CJS 225 Criminal Procedure 3 Credit Hours
The balance between the rights of individuals in today’s society and the power of the government to interfere with those rights remains the primary conflict in the law of criminal procedure. This course provides an analysis and assessment of the principles governing this area of law, while exploring the Constitutional provisions that exist to ensure fair proceedings for all people-regardless of their innocence or guilt. Students will benefit from cases as seen from all sides of the law, from the law enforcement officers that apprehend suspects, to the judges and juries that hand down convictions. Criminal process, searches and seizures, arrests, police interrogations, identification procedures, Constitutional violations and the resulting court proceedings, which involve pre-trials, trials, convictions and the post-conviction process, are essential to the comprehension of the law of criminal procedure and the critical component of balance that anchors the entire structure.
LGS 404 Laws of Evidence 3 Credit Hours
Understanding evidence law is key to any legal assistant working side-by-side with law enforcement of the trial attorney. Students will be provided with the fundamentals: the definition of the law of evidence, its origin, as well as the relevant application of such-when, and by whom. Examination of the admissibility of evidence to support or disprove facts is critical in any case; therefore, consideration will be given to actual cases as students learn evidentiary rules and the part they play in the recognition, gathering and presentation of evidence deemed admissible at trial.
LGS 303 Ethics 3 Credit Hours
This area of study is of singular significance in the criminal justice field, as any violation of the rules of right conduct could undermine the very purpose for which the system was created-the administration of justice. This course provides students with an honest, straightforward approach to the provocative issue of morals and standards in an arena filled with potential contradictions. Students will gain insight into morality, ethics and human behavior, and developing moral and ethical behavior. Ethics and law enforcement, ethics and legal professionals, ethics of prosecution, punishment and corrections, and ultimately, policy and decision-making are likewise noteworthy.
CJS 225 Criminal Investigation 3 Credit Hours
Criminal investigation is a systemic inquiry into a crime that has been committed, in the hope that these principles for investigation will bring about justice. This course emphasizes the policies and procedures established by the field, in addition to present day tools and techniques available for the law enforcement professional, students benefit from real-life cases that will provide “hands on” approach to learning. Topics of recent controversy such as stalking, DNA profiling and the media frenzy surrounding investigations are also covered.
CJS 440 Juvenile Delinquency 3 Credit Hours
A growing interest in the study of delinquent behavior underscores the value of this course. Students will consider theories and concepts of this ever-changing branch of the criminal justice field. The potential root of this behavior, analysis thereof, nature of such crimes, and their far-reaching effects will be considered. Pivotal issues, critical to the evolution of this area of study, include the issue of juvenile detention, the role of the adult court system, developmental implications, and, of particular significance, prevention.
CJS 345 Corrections 3 Credit Hours
At the heart of the criminal justice system lies corrections. Corrections is not just about punishment-it is about ensuring that victims of crimes are protected from criminals and that the rights of individuals on both sides of the law are upheld. Students will embark on a journey through the historical significance of crime and punishment and the development of the modern-day correctional system. Consideration will be given to the range of sentencing, from probation to the death penalty and all alternatives in between. Of increasing concern are the people “behind the walls”-the special challenges of the transgressors and the individuals responsible for their oversight. Students will likewise examine the issue of rehabilitation and subsequent releases of offenders versus the welfare and rights of society.

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Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans

The total price for the The Criminal Justice diploma in the Criminal Justice Program is $5,950.

Total Tuition $5,850
Enrollment Fee $100
Total Sales Price $5,950
  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full and receive a $100 discount. You pay a total program price of of $5,850.
  • Automatic Payment Plan: Pay a $100 enrollment fee and 15 interest free monthly payments of $366 with a final payment of $360 for a total program price of $5,950.

Financial Assistance

The programs at The Paralegal Institute@Brighton College are approved for Veteran’s benefits. The Paralegal Institute@Brighton College also works with many employer’s Tuition Reimbursement Programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.


Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check / Declined Credit Card $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200


Courses are taken one at a time. We recommend that you purchase one book at a time as needed. Textbooks for the Diploma in Criminal Justice, on average, cost approximately $102 per course. The estimated cost for books is based on new books purchased directly from the publisher. Students may purchase textbooks new or used and from the vendor of their choice. E-books may be available as well. Prices vary depending on the vendor. Please call the office for a list of recommended vendors.

*Program Extensions

The Criminal Justice Diploma Program offered at The Paralegal Institute is designed to be completed in a maximum time of 12 months. Extensions beyond the required time to complete a program will only be approved for students who have maintained satisfactory academic progress, have paid in full, or are current with their payment plan during the time period of the program. Students must have completed 50% of the course in order to be considered for an extension.

There is no fee for the first program extension of up to 6 months. If a student exhausts the time period of the first program extension, he or she may request a second program extension of up to 6 months for a fee of $500. For complete details on academic extensions, refer to the School Catalog.