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Administration of Justice

El Camino’s administration of justice degree and certificate programs set you on track for an entry-level position in criminal justice immediately after graduation or for transfer to another college or university. They’re accessible, affordable paths to a rewarding career that can make a positive difference in your community.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College degree in administration of justice
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 5% nationwide from 2016 to 2026
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $30,000 to $145,000

Our Administration of Justice Associate of Science (AS) and Administration of Justice Associate of Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees typically take two years. You can complete a certificate in less than six months.

Administration of justice training and education at El Camino will challenge you to be your best. We’ll help you choose the option that’s best for you.

Education Designed for a Career or Transfer

Some administration of justice students at El Camino want to start a career in public service/law enforcement as soon as possible. Others want to continue their education at a four-year college or university. We can help you achieve your goals.


An administration of justice degree can lead to a variety of careers in public service and law enforcement. This is also a great pathway to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree.

  • Apply principles of the justice system as they relate to arrest, search and seizure, human relations, and concepts of criminal law.
  • Practice report writing and record keeping.
  • Learn to recognize and interpret suspicious or criminal behavior based on facts presented.
  • Meet most common transfer requirements.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and even graduate study.
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A degree in administration of justice opens opportunities to a variety of career areas. The AS-T degree in administration of justice offers a direct path to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a California State University campus. You will also get priority consideration for admission to the CSU system.

  • Gain a strong academic foundation in administration of justice and prepare for university study.
  • Enroll in courses specifically designed to transfer to a CSU campus.
  • Take classes on topics such as criminal law, intelligence and security, crime scene investigation, corrections and rehabilitation, and the legal aspects of evidence.
  • Start your journey on a clear pathway toward a bachelor’s degree and even graduate study.
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Our administration of justice certificate program prepares you to pursue an entry-level position.

  • Gain an introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States.
  • Examine crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system.
  • Learn the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.
  • Practice report writing and record-keeping.
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Our homeland security certificate program prepares you to pursue an entry-level position in intelligence and security, transportation and border security, and homeland security agencies.

  • Gain an overview of important components in homeland security, including various agencies and their interrelated responsibilities.
  • Review topics such as historical events, critical threats, and legislative constraints that impact national security.
  • Learn the roles of military agencies and local, federal, and international law enforcement in combating terrorism.
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Our forensics certificate program helps you develop crime analysis knowledge and the criminal investigation skills needed to pursue an entry-level position in law enforcement.

  • Discover the fundamentals of criminal investigation.
  • Learn to analyze data and use the information to create specific and proactive plans to combat criminal activity.
  • Explore topics such as crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, modus operandi processes, sources of information, interview and interrogation, and follow-up investigation.
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Pursue an Entry-Level Position in Law Enforcement or Further Education

As an El Camino administration of justice graduate, you’ll be ready to start a public service/law enforcement career or pursue a bachelor’s degree at another school. We’ll help you gain the specific skills and knowledge needed to meet your goals.

  • Work as a law enforcement professional, both sworn and civilian, and become an important part of a community-based policing program.
  • Discover career options such as police officer, corrections officer, homeland security, bailiff, detective, private security, crime scene investigator, and more.
  • Learn to pursue lifelong learning, teaching, and leadership – critical skills for professional advancement.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $30,000 to $145,000 with an average salary of $78,000.


If you have questions regarding any of the POST courses, please email 

AJ 49 Application Packet – PC 832 Arrest and Firearms

AJ 150 Application Packet – POST Module Level III

AJ 155 Application Packet – POST Module Level II

Program Requirements

Upcoming Class Schedules

AJ 150 - POST Module Level III - Spring 2024 February 10, 2024 - June 7, 2024

AJ 155 - POST Module Level II - Spring 2024 January 4, 2024 - April 25, 2024

Learn In a Hands-On Setting

El Camino administration of justice students learn from professionals in the South Bay public safety/law enforcement community. The perspectives and connections you develop here will prove valuable throughout your career.

  • Take advantage of a paraprofessional opportunity.
  • Train to participate in the California Reserve Peace Officer Program (RPOP), comprised of part-time employees or volunteers who serve with law enforcement agencies.
  • Career preparation assistance is available to help you successfully navigate the highly competitive hiring process.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Administration of Justice AA, the Administration of Justice AS-T and certificate programs in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Administration of Justice Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to an Administration of Justice AA or Administration of Justice AS-T degree, Administration of Justice or Forensics certificate.

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Connect with the Faculty

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Contact Info

Oscar Serrano 

POST Coordinator 


Chief Jeff Baumunk
Public Safety Director


Julie Meredith
Administrative Assistant II

310-660-3593 x3348 


(310) 660-3593 x 3348


(310) 660-3593 ext. 7894