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Introduction to Criminal Justice (Legal Practices Pathway)

Cops, courts, and corrections:  Balancing public safety and individual rights.

Introduction to Criminal Justice is designed to expose students to the occupations within the criminal justice system. Students will examine the criminal justice system through the study of laws of evidence, techniques of investigation, report writing, and courtroom procedures. Writing skills, oral communication skills, positive attitudes, and presentation skills related to law enforcement will be emphasized.  Many of the performance objectives align with California’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements.  Students will be exposed to the wide array of employment opportunities within the public safety service arena.



  • Industry Sector: Public Services
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Eligible
  • Level: Introductory, Concentrator
  • Articulation Agreement Details: Fullerton College (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2018-2019)

    For information about specific articulation agreement terms & conditions, contact the community college or your Career Guidance Specialist (CGS).
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: G - General Elective (1 year required)
  • Certifications: None
  • Class Location(s): Cypress HS, Kennedy HS, Magnolia HS
  • Notes:

    Refer to O*NET Online (www.onetonline.org) for a summary report of the detailed job description for this career.

    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.