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Administration of Justice

About Us

We offer both Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS-T) degree programs that prepares students interested in a career in:

  1. Law enforcement;
  2. Police, community or corrections officer;
  3. Pre-law;
  4. Criminal justice.

Our program is taught using well-established academic theories in the social sciences and from the perspective of the practitioner. With this, our students are aware and understands what administration of justice professionals do as well as an appreciation of the political, social, cultural, and philosophical forces that shape policies and practices in the administration of justice system.

Our two-year program combines instruction in corrections, law enforcement, and security with general education courses. The program has been authorized by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and the Board of Corrections to offer certain technical and specialized courses.

Chabot College has been a proud participant in the 2+2+3 Pathway to Law School Initiative since its inception. We are currently updating our program and will resume our participation upon completion. Please check back soon for additional information! Learn more

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Full Time Faculty

Cheryl L. Mackey, Esq.
Department Chair
(510) 723-6973
Office: Building 400, room 454M

Part Time Faculty



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Students enrolled in our ADMJ program had a 143% increase in earnings.

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California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) will be presenting on Thursday, February 29th from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Room 557. All are welcome!

Spring 2024 Late Start Courses 

The following courses are available for you to register in today, don't wait!! Log on to your Class Web to see additional details and register with the CRN.

ADMJ 60 EN2 - Criminal Law
CRN: 30041, Professor Mackey
Fully Online/ Asynchronous
3/18 - 5/17

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Associate in Sciences for Transfer (AS-T)
Chabot College offers an Associate in Sciences for Transfer Degree in Administration of Justice specifically designed to prepare students to transfer to a California State University offering a major in Administration of Justice/Criminal Justice. View the required courses.

Associate in Arts (AA)
The Administration of Justice degree prepares students for careers in the fields of law enforcement, probation, parole, security, and related criminal justice fields along with related technical occupations. View the required courses.

Law Enforcement - Certificate of Achievement (30 units)
The Certificate of Achievement in Law Enforcement provides California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified basic law enforcement training and satisfies the entry-level training requirement for California peace officers, as specified in Commission Regulation 1005. It prepares students for entry-level peace officer positions in local and state law enforcement agencies. The comprehensive coursework, taught by experienced law enforcement and legal professionals, combines career competencies and technical skills with real-world knowledge. Courses topics include: leadership, professionalism and ethics, the criminal justice system, community relations, criminal law, investigative report writing, crime scene investigation, forensics, information systems, cultural diversity/bias and procedural justice. Candidates must meet state minimums and be at least 20 years of age at application and 21 years of age by academy graduation. Candidates must also be a US citizen or have an accepted application for US citizenship in progress. All coursework and training occurs at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Regional Training Center. 
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Community and Organizational Leadership in the Justice System - Certificate of Achievement (18 units)
The Certificate in Community and Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary, multi-course program that examines the meanings, values, practices, and institutions of leadership. The certificate integrates commitment to personal and professional development; including understanding influence through interpersonal communication skills, leading effective teams, resolving conflict, and creating a positive learning organizational culture. The integration of these skills within the administration of justice system will result in more effective professional and community interactions, and provides students with the framework, skills, and knowledge to effectively lead and drive change.
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Course Descriptions

Administration of Justice 40: Juvenile Procedures (3 Units)
This course is an examination of the origin, development, and organization of the juvenile justice system as it evolved in the U.S. justice system. The course explores the theories that focus on juvenile law, courts and processes, and the constitutional protections extended to juveniles in the U.S. justice system.

Administration of Justice 41: Legal Persuasion and Argument (3 Units)
This course is an examination of the strategies for recognizing and evaluating the conflicting statements of
others, including victims, lay witnesses, expert witnesses, and other professionals within the field of
administration of justice. They will also learn how to gather, analyze and interpret statutory law, case law, data
and other information. Upon completion of this course, students will also learn to think critically and
independently and support their own written and oral persuasive arguments with facts, research and logic.

Administration of Justice 42: Leadership and Integrity (3 Units)
This course will examine the impact of leadership, effective communication and organizational integrity in establishing trust in the administration of justice system. Beginning with initial contact with citizens to adjudication and punishment, this course will analyze the challenges of the complex procedures and process that impact the legal system and the lives of people. This course will emphasize the importance of ethical behavior and ethical leadership by individuals and organizations as a philosophy.

Administration of Justice 50: Introduction to the Administration of Justice (3 Units)
This is an introductory course that examines the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. The course covers the history, theory, and philosophy of administration of justice and the evolution of the principles, operational practices, and structure of the police, courts, and corrections agencies. Particular emphasis is placed on crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, and the challenges and opportunities for law enforcement in an increasingly diverse society. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal processes, and sentencing and incarceration policies. This course is also offered online.

Administration of Justice 54:  Investigative Reporting (3 Units)
Investigative reports with emphasis upon accuracy and necessary details. Includes arrest reports, incident reports and miscellaneous field reports. Techniques and methods used to cover information; how to analyze and present information in a clear and concise report. 

Administration of Justice 55: Introduction to Correctional Science (3 Units)
This course provides a critical analysis of punishment and the modern correctional process as utilized in the rehabilitation of adult and juvenile offenders. Exploration of the various types of punishment, alternatives to punishment, types of correctional institutions, and the impact of punishment on the criminal justice system. 

Administration of Justice 60: Criminal Law (3 Units)
This course offers an analysis of the doctrine of criminal liability in the United States and the classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare. Special emphasis is placed on the classification of crime, the general elements of particular crimes, and defenses to crime. This course utilizes case law and case studies to introduce students to criminal law and will include some limited discussion of prosecution and defense decision making, criminal culpability, and defenses to crime. This course is also offered online. 

Administration of Justice 61: Evidence (3 Units)
This course examines the origins, development, philosophy and the constitutional basis for the rules of evidence. During the course of the semester, we will explore the rules and policies governing the kinds of information which can be received at trial, how evidence can be properly developed and obtained by law enforcement officers, and how evidence may be considered by the judge and/or jury. Topics are considered from both a theoretical and a practical viewpoint. 

Administration of Justice 63: Criminal Investigation (3 Units)
This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime, including organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence and the role of the investigator in the trial process.

Administration of Justice 70: Community Relations (3 Units)
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. Topics covered may include crime prevention, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and ethics.

Administration of Justice 80: Criminal Court Process (3 Units)
This course examines due process and the constitutional, statutory and rule-based issues that arise in the formal processing of a criminal case from pre-arrest through trial and appeal. This course is also offered online. 

Administration of Justice 85: Introduction to Forensics (3 Units)
This course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations. It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, documents and controlled substances.

Administration of Justice 89: Family Violence (3 Units)
Origins of violence in the family including child abuse from the administration of justice perspective. Specific types of violent interactions and abuse among family members and responsible adults. Emphasis on techniques for use by peace officers and other social service professionals to intervene effectively.


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