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Administration of Justice

Protection is one of the fundamental purposes of government, and administration of justice is the means to deliver fair and equal protection under the law. Learning the principles and practices of administration of justice is a fundamental first step to a career in law enforcement or the legal profession.

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Did You Know?

  • An estimated 5,460 job openings will be posted annually through 2028 in California for sheriff’s and police patrol officers.
  • Napa Central Dispatch is the primary answer point for all 911 emergency calls for Napa County, and processes approximately 115,000 calls per year.
  • In 2021 there were more than 847,000 cybercrime complaints reported to the FBI – a 7% increase from 2020.

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Program Highlights

NVC’s Administration of Justice program is a multi-disciplinary course of study that seeks to educate students on the many aspects of justice administration — from the human, social and moral problems to the larger scope of justice systems.  Students build knowledge of the U.S. and California justice systems, particularly police, courts, and corrections, and learn how crimes are classified.  Case law and case studies are used to illustrate concepts and enhance student understanding.   

The program serves transfer, degree, and occupational students.  Students can earn an AS-T in Administration of Justice in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university, as well as an AS degree for immediate entry into the workforce. Skills-based certificates are awarded on completion of relevant coursework.

Courses reflect skills and knowledge that have been identified by our transfer institutions and local criminal justice employers as critical to student success in the classroom, in online courses, and in the communities where students will be employed.


With more than 500 law enforcement agencies in the state, demand is steady for criminal justice and law enforcement personnel. Graduates can also pursue careers in the private sector as security officers and private investigators for companies and individuals, or undertake further studies in social work, law, or technology to work in adjacent fields.

After NVC

NVC has a formal agreement with National University for transfer to a four-year degree in criminal justice administration. Within the CSU system, San Francisco State offers BS programs in Criminal Justice Studies, while Sonoma State offers a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. To explore these and other opportunities, visit the Transfer Center. Consult with program faculty and NVC Counseling to determine the best degree path for your goals.