Platt College School of Legal Studies Now Offering a Criminal Justice Bachelors Degree Program in Southern California

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Platt College School of Legal Studies now offering a Criminal Justice Bachelors degree program in Southern California

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The field of criminal justice is expected to grow significantly between 2008 and 2018

Platt College’s School of Legal Studies announced today that it will begin offering a Criminal Justice Bachelors degree program at its Southern California campuses in the Greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas. The new degree program supplements the College’s current Associates degree program in Criminal Justice, providing a new option for students wishing to earn their Bachelors degree in preparation for entry-level employment in the Criminal Justice fields of corrections, law enforcement, security, and law. Students at the Platt School of Legal Studies can also elect an Associates or Bachelors degree program in Paralegal Studies.

The field of criminal justice is expected to grow significantly between 2008 and 2018, with increased employment of police officers and detectives by 10 percent, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists by 19 percent and private detectives and investigators by 22 percent, according to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*. Platt College’s criminal justice program provides a solid educational foundation to pursue a variety of career paths in the field. The program is taught by experienced Criminal Justice faculty such as instructor Brent Ferguson, who served with the Los Angeles Police Department for twenty-three years, and has also worked with security firms and independently as a private investigator; and instructor Paul DeFlores, who worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 20 years, as well as with the Federal Public Defender Investigation office and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

The Criminal Justice Bachelors degree program at Platt College offers a comprehensive curriculum to prepare the student for a career in the field.** Core first- and second-year courses focus on building a solid foundation in the key areas of criminal justice, including: corrections, private security, criminal law, criminal investigations, juvenile justice, and forensics. The program also includes a comprehensive study of the national criminal justice system, correctional organizations and law enforcement agencies. Third-year courses are focused on strengthening the student’s legal knowledge, including constitutional law, immigration law, laws of evidence, and advanced criminal law. Fourth-year courses explore law enforcement, corrections, and security in further detail, with a particular focus on contemporary issues: Modern Policing, Narcotics Enforcement, Issues in Public and Private Security, Security Management, and Criminal Behavior. The curriculum includes all coursework required for the California Guard Card Certification, which is required by many employers in the private security and private investigations fields.

Established in 1985 and currently located in Los Angeles and Ontario, California, Platt College also offers other career focused programs in its Medical, Legal, and Graphic Design schools. The College is nationally accredited by ACCSC, and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Flexible morning and evening classes at the College’s Greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire campuses are offered.    For more information please call (888) 80-PLATT (75288) or visit us at

*Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.
** Some or all of these fields have additional qualifications. Graduation from the program is not a guarantee of employment.


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