Discover the inner workings and broad scope of the American justice system through the Justice Studies Law and Legal Process Certificate within Southern New Hampshire University's Justice Studies program. The law and legal process certificate helps prepare you to work in law enforcement, victim advocacy or court administration, just to name a few.
This certificate is ideal for those not enrolled in our AS or BS in Justice Studies, non-matriculated students, part-time students and other students as approved by the Department Chair.
The SNHU law and legal process certificate is designed for those with a particular fascination with courtroom dramas and criminal investigations, as well as those seeking an entry-level position in criminal justice. It's also a smart way to upgrade your skills if you currently work in the field.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your law and legal process certificate at SNHU include:
Not only are careers in justice among the most respectable, many come with the security of a government sector job, including reliable health benefits and dependable pensions and retirement plans. They also offer high employability. The job outlook in the justice studies industry is healthy. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a wide variety of positions in government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Marshals Department are expected to see 13.4% growth through 2016.
SNHU's law and legal process certificate holders can go on to complete their AS or BS in Justice Studies. Those already in the workforce are better prepared for career advancement in court administration, law enforcement, federal service agencies, terrorism prevention, the courts, corrections, dispute resolution, victim advocacy, the military and more.
Law and legal process students look behind the scenes of the American justice system. Unlike programs that focus on only one aspect of the justice model, such as law enforcement, SNHU includes an overview of the justice system, criminal law, corrections systems, legal and social science research, and more.
Start with a foundational overview of our criminal justice system, the American legal tradition, and what's involved in judicial administration. From there, tailor your certificate to emphasize business, juvenile justice, forensic law, state and local government or other areas of interest.
This course covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the United States, independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections, and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. The course introduces the justice model in a systematic way whereby students delve into the numerous components of the justice system including law enforcement, legal and judicial process and correctional operations. Career opportunities will be fully covered throughout the course.
An examination of the American judicial system, highlighting state, local, and federal tribunals, including an assessment of their hierarchy, subject matter jurisdiction, and administration. Also reviewed will be judicial reasoning, judicial process and the chief personnel responsible for judicial operations. More particularly the course will expose the various phases inherent in civil and criminal litigation including the concepts of jurisdiction, venue, parties and the pleadings that guide advocacy. Typical case calendars and dockets will be examined throughout the course so that students may acquire a complete understanding of the litigation process.
This course offers a broad introduction to the American legal tradition, including the structure and function of the courts, the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection. As an introduction to what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, students learn how to write parts of a predictive legal memorandum of the type that first-year law students learn how to write, in which they analyze a legal issue of concern to hypothetical clients by applying the reasoning and conclusions in selected judicial opinions to the facts of the clients' case.
Total Credits: 12
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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