Department of Legal Studies

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Welcome to the Department of Legal Studies. Our program options explore a wide range of subjects relating to various legal aspects of business, marketing/retailing, and law enforcement. South Suburban College is proud to offer courses designed to give students the background that they need to go on to advanced degree institutions.

Many of these programs are specifically designed for transfer, enabling students to complete their first two years of coursework leading towards a Bachelor’s degree in virtually any field of study at a four year college or university.

Legal Studies Programs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Criminal Justice Program is to provide the student with a foundational understanding of the American Criminal Justice System so as to place them in a position to enhance their ability to become employed, or to advance their career, as a law enforcement or correctional officer.

Goals

  • The student will be able to identify and understand the relationships between the three branches of the criminal justice system;
  • The student will be able to write in an effective and clear manner;
  • The student will be able to identify and understand the basic Constitutional protections as applied to law enforcement officials;
  • The student will be able to identify and address the ethical/moral issues related to law enforcement/corrections;
  • The student will understand the physical, intellectual, and personal background requirements related to the hiring practices of law enforcement and correction agencies;
  • The student will understand the evidentiary issues related to arrest and prosecution of an accused in the courts;
  • The student will be able to identify criminal acts and ascertain what codified laws apply to those criminal acts;
  • The student will be able to understand the importance of: evidence collection, the chain of evidence, and basic evidence collection techniques;
  • The student will learn the modern theory of Community Oriented Policing and identify law enforcement practices that strengthen law enforcement – community relations.