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Public Law

Career Studies Certificate

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Criminal justice meets the legal system in this program

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Start or advance your career in a law office or in the law enforcement field with TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Public Law.

You will learn multiple perspectives of the legal field and strengthen your critical thinking skills in this multifaceted area. If you are already working in the field, earning a certificate might make you eligible for promotion.

You will graduate with a basic foundation in the criminal justice field. Courses include:

  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Trial Preparation and Discovery Practice
  • Principles of Criminal Investigation

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, which offers a specialization in Public Law.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Public Law consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on all campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
18 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,336.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

This program may lead to entry-level employment in a law office or in law enforcement.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are interested in law enforcement and the legal field
  • have a clean driving record
  • can pass a background check
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Just 18 credits! Finish this program in as little as 2 semesters

Take classes on any of TCC’s 4 campuses

Learn from professionals who are working in law enforcement and public safety


Professor Rick James passes on his real-world experience to his criminal justice students.

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