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How to Become a Pre-Trial Officer
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Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Pre-Trial Officer programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 102 schools across the country.

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You may think that the criminal justice process starts when defendants walk into the courtroom, but in truth, the process starts long before that. When someone is booked into a jail cell and prepared for their trial, a pre-trial officer is responsible for taking them in, processing their items, and verifying that their legal rights are being protected. If you are ready to learn more about criminal justice programs near you, use our directory to contact schools in your area today!

If you're looking for a career that allows you to work in the courtroom and the jail system while putting your knowledge of the legal system to work, you may be a great fit for a pre-trial officer position. Pre-trial officers must be extremely detail-oriented, able to work quickly, and interested in working with people of differing personality types. You may also need to work well as part of a team, since you may work with a variety of other criminal justice professionals throughout the course of your career.

Of course, it's important to uphold one's legal rights when you're working in a criminal justice system. To avoid lawsuits and improper treatment of prisoners, it's important for pre-trial officers to get the right training and be completely confident in their knowledge of legal procedures. If you're considering becoming a pre-trial officer, keep reading to learn about what you need to do to get started!

Education Requirements for Pre-Trial Officers

Jumping into the criminal justice field as a pre-trial officer can require you to take on quite a bit of responsibility, so you may need to meet some fairly stringent education and experience requirements before you qualify for a job. Pre-trial officers are typically hired by city, county, or federal justice departments, so you may want to get familiar with hiring requirements in your area.

Some smaller justice departments only require an Associate's degree for those who want to become pre-trial officers. However, across the board, a Bachelor's degree is commonly expected. A Bachelor's degree in criminal justice may be sufficient at providing you the background knowledge and experience you need. This four-year degree may include courses like Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Procedures, Courtroom Procedures, and Juvenile Justice. These courses may include quite a bit of classroom time, but they will likely also require lots of practical experience. You may complete a practicum or internship in an area of criminal justice that holds your interest. If you want to become a pre-trial officer, consider working in a research department or courtroom to get relevant experience.

If you do not have a degree in criminal justice, you may be able to substitute a Bachelor's degree in another field to meet employer requirements. For example, a degree in the social sciences or a behavior field may suffice. This includes fields like psychology and sociology.

Some justice departments only hire applicants that have a certain amount of experience in the criminal justice field, particularly in the areas of research and investigation. You should also have a strong grasp of the criminal justice system in your county. Some of these requirements may be met by in-school work experiences like internships and volunteer work. Working in the fields of substance abuse and mental health may also help you meet work experience expectations.

Career Salary Potential

The job outlook for pre-trial officers and other investigative criminal justice jobs is relatively stable when compared to other professions. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net anticipates a 2% increase in police detective jobs, which works out to over 2,700 new jobs per year in this time period. In some areas, you may find that the job outlook is more positive. For example, in Illinois, job openings may increase by 4% (O*Net, 2012). Job openings in Florida are expected to increase by 3% (O*Net, 2012). Salaries for this type of job vary widely across the country and across experience levels. Overall, the average salary for a pre-trial officer is $76,730 per year (O*Net, 2013). California pre-trial officers earn an average of $97,600 per year (O*Net, 2013). Those who work in Texas report an average salary of $84,200 per year (O*Net, 2013).

Working as a Pre-Trial Officer

When you work as a pre-trial officer, you have to expect lots of different responsibilities and duties to be assigned to you. At any given time, you may have several cases on your docket, all of which require intensive work and dedication. Upon being assigned a case, you may have to look into the circumstances of the case, try to gather evidence to make the state's decision easier, and compile evidence in an easy-to-read manner.

In addition to looking for evidence, you may need to work with those who have been accused of crimes. You may be required to book defendants, inform them of their rights, and otherwise assure that they are being treated appropriately during their time in the correctional system.

Dedication and perseverance are two important traits to have if you want to work as a pre-trial officer. In many cases, the cases you work on may never go to trial. However, that doesn't mean that you can work any less diligently on your cases. For example, WKYC.com reports on a local pre-trial that ended without a ruling. Regardless of the outcome of your cases, you must be willing to give your all to every case that is assigned to you.

Becoming a pre-trial officer can be very professionally rewarding if you want to play a significant role in how court cases are handled. Contact schools with campus or online criminal justice programs to learn more today!

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Alabama

Prince Institute (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription, Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
Remington College (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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Alaska

University of Alaska-Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)
Programs Offered:

Justice Bachelor of Arts
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Arizona

Fortis College (Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Arkansas

Remington College (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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California

Brightwood College (Bakersfield, CA / Palm Springs, CA / San Diego, CA / Vista, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Bakersfield, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Palm Springs, CA, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - San Diego, CA, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Vista, CA
Bryan University (Gold River, CA / Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associates in Court Reporting, Associates in Court Reporting (online)
Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Arts - Court Reporting and Captioning Careers, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Beginning Realtime Captioner/Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - CART Reporter/Realtime Captioner, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Certified Realtime Reporter, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Realtime Rapid Text Entry, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting - Scopist for Court Reporters, Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting/Computerized Shorthand, Certificate of Completion - Proofreader - Court Reporting Method, Certificate of Completion - Scopist for Court Reporters
Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center (Sacramento, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
College of Marin (Kentfield, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Legal Systems / Court Management
Humphreys College (Stockton, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Arts - Court Reporting, Associate in Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts - Court Reporting, Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting - CSR (Online) (online), Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting (online), Certificate of Completion - Court Reporting
Sage College (Moreno Valley, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus (Calexico, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Interperting
Sierra College (Rocklin, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science - Administration of Justice - Courts
Sierra Valley Business College (Fresno, CA)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
South Coast College (Orange, CA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Taft College (Taft, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
West Valley College (Saratoga, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate of Achievement - Court Reporting
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Colorado

Community College of Aurora (Aurora, CO)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice Court Services
Prince Institute (Westminster, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Court and Realtime Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
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Connecticut

GateWay Community College (New Haven, CT)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Real-time Reporting - CART, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - Broadcast Captioning, Certificate of Completion - Real-time Reporting - CART
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Florida

ASA College (Hialeah, FL / Maimi, FL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice- Associate in Science`
Atlantic Technical Center (Coconut Creek, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Keiser University (Clearwater, FL / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Lakeland, FL / New Port Richey, FL / Orlando, FL / Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Clearwater, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Fort Lauderdale, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Lakeland, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Clearwater, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Fort Lauderdale, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Lakeland, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Clearwater, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Fort Lauderdale, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Lakeland, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - New Port Richey, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Orlando, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - Tampa, Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies - West Palm Beach, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations - Orlando, Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigations - West Palm Beach, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Clearwater, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Lakeland, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - New Port Richey, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Orlando, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Tampa, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - West Palm Beach
Key College (Dania Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Real Time Court Reporting
Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting Technology
Sheridan Technical Center (Hollywood, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting / Legal Transcription, Certificate - Court Reporting/Legal Transcription
Southern Technical College (Online, FL)
Programs Offered:

A.S. - Criminal Justice (online)
Stenotype Institute (Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Georgia

Brown College of Court Reporting (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting-Stenography , Certificate in Court Reporting-Voice Writing
Iverson Institute (Atlanta, GA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Miller-Motte Technical College (Columbus, GA / Macon, GA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate of Occupational Science
Shorter University (Rome, GA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor Of Science / Arts In Criminal Justice (online)
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Hawaii

Remington College (Honolulu, HI)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice- Bachelors
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Illinois

MacCormac College (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Midstate College (Peoria, IL)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Realtime Reporting
Prince Institute (Schaumburg, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online), Certificate - Scoping/Proofreading (online)
South Suburban College (South Holland, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Basic, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology Machine Shorthand Secretarial, Certificate - Court Reporting/Verbatim Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting
Sparks College (Shelbyville, IL)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
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Indiana

Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts, Bachelor of Science - Probation, Parole and Courts
College of Court Reporting Inc (Hobart, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
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Iowa

AIB College of Business (Des Moines, IA)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting
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Kansas

Rasmussen College (Overland Park, KS)
Programs Offered:

Paralegal Certificate
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Kentucky

Daymar College (Bowling Green, KY)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate, Criminal Justice - Diploma
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Louisiana

Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City, LA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Legal Systems
Mid City College (Baton Rouge, LA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting (online)
Remington College (Lafayette, LA / Shreveport, LA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice - Bachelor
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Michigan

Academy of Court Reporting (Clawson, MI)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Baker College (Auburn Hills, MI / Cadillac, MI / Clinton Township, MI / Flint, MI / Jackson, MI / Muskegon, MI / Port Huron, MI)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Programs Offered:

Masters in Criminal Justice - Specializations available in Judicial Administration and Security Management (online)
Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court and Caption Reporting, Certificate - Court and Caption Reporting
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Minnesota

Rasmussen College Online (Mankato, MN)
Programs Offered:

Paralegal Associate (online), Paralegal Certificate (online)
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

B.A. - Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

BS in Human Services - Courts and the Legal System (online)
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Mississippi

Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting Technology, Certificate - Court Reporting Technology
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Missouri

Vatterott College (Saint Joseph, MO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Saint Joseph
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Nevada

Brightwood College (Las Vegas, NV)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Las Vegas, NV
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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

Stenotech Career Institute (Fairfield, NJ / Piscataway, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Deposition and Court Reporting
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New York

Business Informatics Center Inc (Valley Stream, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
Long Island Business Institute (Flushing, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting
New York Career Institute (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Occupational Studies - Stenotype Court Reporter, Associate of Science - Stenotype Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Hearing Reporting, Certificate - Stenotype Stenographer
SUNY-College of Technology at Alfred (Alfred, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
SUNY-Erie Community College (Buffalo, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
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North Carolina

Catawba Valley Community College (Hickory, NC)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
ECPI University (Charlotte, NC / Raleigh, NC)
Programs Offered:

Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Charlotte, Bachelors in Criminal Justice - Raleigh
Miller-Motte College (Cary, NC)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science (online), Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (online)
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Ohio

Academy of Court Reporting (Cleveland, OH / Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Clark State Community College (Springfield, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Broadcast Captioning/CART, Certificate - Judicial Reporting Scopist
Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Captioning and Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting Technologies
Daymar College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate
Miami Jacobs Career College (Columbus, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Business - Columbus, OH
Remington College (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
Stautzenberger College (Maumee, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Associate of Arts in Business - Court Reporting
Stautzenberger College-Brecksville (Brecksville, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Legal Courts
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Oklahoma

Tulsa Tech (Tulsa, OK)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporter
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Oregon

Sumner College (Portland, OR)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Diploma - Court Reporting
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Pennsylvania

Academy of Court Reporting (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Fortis College (Forty Fort, PA)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Career Associate - Court & Realtime Reporting, Certificate - Court & Realtime Reporting
Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Orleans Technical Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
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South Carolina

Midlands Technical College (West Columbia, SC)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Tennessee

Daymar College (Clarksville, TN / Murfreesboro, TN / Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelor, Criminal Justice Associate, Criminal Justice Diploma, Criminal Justice- Diploma
Miller-Motte College Online (Chattanooga, TN)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science (online)
Remington College (Nashville, TN)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
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Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Scopist: Court Reporting
Arlington Career Institute (Grand Prairie, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Stenograph Court Reporting
Brightwood College (Beaumont, TX / Laredo, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Beaumont, Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Laredo, TX
Court Reporting Institute of St. Louis (Dallas, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Iverson Institute (Arlington, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Scopist, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting/Scopist, Certificate - Court Reporting
Kussad Institute of Court Reporting (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Certificate - Court Reporting
Remington College (Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / North Houston (Greenspoint), TX)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates, Criminal Justice - Bachelor, Criminal Justice - Bachelors, Criminal Justice- Bachelor
Vista College Online (Richardson, TX)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice Associate Degree (AAS) (online)
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Utah

Fortis College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
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Virginia

Fortis Institute (Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:

Career Training - Court Reporting
Liberty University Online (Online)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies (online), Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice (online), Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – General (online), Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Youth Corrections (online), Bachelor of Science: Government: Pre-Law (online), Educational Specialist in Educational Law (online), Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice (online), Master of Arts in Religion - Law Studies (online), Master of Business Administration in American Legal Studies (online), Master of Business Administration in International Legal Studies (online), Master of Divinitiy - Law Studies (online), Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice (online)
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Pennsylvania

McCann School of Business & Technology (Allentown, PA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate in Specialized Business - Allentown, PA