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Public Safety & Legal Studies

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs focused on law enforcement, public safety and legal issues.

The focus of these programs is practical and applied, providing professional and technical skills and knowledge that can be used on the job. These programs may also offer add-on benefits to existing programs of study, like Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, Public Safety and other programs in related fields.

Partnership with CCI

We've partnered with CCI to provide a robust suite of online programs. Upon registering for a CCI-provided course, you'll receive login details to access CCI's advanced online learning management system.

Courses

The Civil Litigation Specialist Certificate Program explores the process and procedures associated with a civil case. It includes the initial client interview and fact gathering, preparations of pleadings, trial preparation, post-trial procedure, ethical considerations for handling a civil law case, and the application of technology in the preparation and trial of a law suit.  


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From basic consideration principles of common law through the more detailed and intuitive conclusions of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), this program will examine the elements of a valid contract and the process for agreement as well as the different remedies available for breach of contract.


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The Corrections Specialist Professional program provides students the basic competencies involved in a position in a corrections facility and/or provide insight for counselors, attorneys and other legal aides additional information and theory related to the US corrections system.


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The Criminal Investigation Professional program provides students the basic competencies involved in investigating crimes, the individuals who commit them, and the victims who endure them.


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The Criminal Justice Professional program provides students the basic competencies involved in criminal justice, legal and investigative ethics, criminal law and procedure as well as juvenile justice and criminal courts.


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This program examines key provisions of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments as they apply to police investigation and interrogation as well as to the circumstances under which defendants are prosecuted.


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This course takes students through the often-controversial and complex procedures balancing individual rights against the protection of everyone as it pertains to search and seizure of individuals or property, due process requirements for the accused and other commonplace considerations necessary throughout the criminal process.


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This program provides an overview of family law. Students will explore fundamental topics including marriage, divorce, annulment, property division, parenthood, adoption, custody, support, and family violence as well as emerging areas such as legal recognition of non-marital families and assisted reproductive technology. 


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This program is designed to prepare successful students to work in various Homeland Security agencies at a local, state or federal level. Provides an overview of the elements involved in the homeland security function, as well as the challenges critical infrastructure managers in government and industry may face.


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This program gives students an overview of American juvenile justice in terms of both system and practice. It examines the juvenile offender, causes of juvenile crime, the juvenile court system, and juveniles in the adult court system. The program also looks at the institutionalization, rehabilitation, and treatment of juveniles, and the future of juvenile justice in America.


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This program examines the history, structure, actions and strategies of American police. Explores the structure and purpose of federal, state and local police forces, their inner-workings and interconnectivity as well as the various ways each individual force plays a role in the collective law enforcement effort.


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This program offers an in-depth view of the role of legal assistants play within the American legal system, specifically with respect to technology in the law office. Explores technology that helps to advance the goals of large law firms and individual attorneys and introduces computer hardware and software fundamentals necessary to the successful operation of a law office.


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The Legal Research & Writing course is designed to introduce students to legal thought, writing styles and research methods used in the profession every day. Provides students with a solid working knowledge of the tools available in law libraries, including both state and federal primary and secondary materials.


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This program presents the definitions of tort laws and describes how tort laws are applied to various situations and fact patterns.  Specifically, the material will focus on basic concepts such as the intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, and products liability.  Students will also explore the process of filing tort cases in court in terms of parties, pleadings, timing, and the appeals process.


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This comprehensive program in the study of victims of crime, Victimology, covers contemporary developments in the field of victimology, its conceptual boundaries, basic concepts and literature as well as the various subfields that make up this subject within criminology and criminal justice.


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This program explores the ins and outs of the legal and ethical requirements necessary to develop and administer an estate plan. Introduces the highly-specialized legal vocabulary pertaining to these particular legal fields, as well as relevant substantive and procedural law that govern wills, trusts and estates.


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