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Welcome to the most complete directory on the Web of Prosecutor programs. It contains all the nationally accredited programs, from 101 schools across the country.

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At the heart of the criminal justice system is the government, which is meant to protect the interests of the people by keeping dangerous criminals off the streets. As a prosecutor, you may represent the local, state, or federal government by trying cases and bringing those guilty of crimes to justice. If you are interested in using your criminal justice training to keep your community safe, becoming a prosecutor may be a great career move for you. Use our site to search for schools in your area to request more information today!

It's important to recognize that prosecutors serve both the government and the public. Though you must act within the constraints of the laws of your area, you must also make decisions that make the public feel confident in their safety and in your abilities as a prosecutor. Prosecutors must have a thorough understanding of the law, particularly criminal law. Since prosecutors are hired by local and federal governments, you may need to meet extensive experience and education requirements. Though you may need to spend quite a time meeting the education requirements for this position, it can pay off with an extensive knowledge of the law and the criminal justice system. Learn more about what it takes to become a prosecutor to find out if you're a good fit for this career!

Education Requirements for Becoming a Prosecutor

If you're dedicated to becoming a prosecutor, you need to meet a long list of requirements that ensure that you're ready to serve the public as a lawyer. Many of these requirements center around education. To start, you need a Bachelor's degree. You may choose to major in a related field like pre-law or criminal justice, both of which can get you started on the road to a criminal justice career. In this type of degree program, you may take courses like Criminology, Law Enforcement, Statistics or Social Research, Principles of Corrections, and Criminal Law. After you have earned a Bachelor's degree, you can continue your education in law school. Law school requires about three years of full-time study on top of the four years spent earning a Bachelor's degree. In law school, you delve more into the legal system and how you, as a prosecutor, may work within it to promote change. In your first year of courses, you may take classes like Civil Procedure, Federal Litigation, and Constitutional Law. In the last two years of your education, you may take classes like Law and Economics, Securities Litigation, History of American Law, Health Law and Policy, and Employment Law. There are courses in many different areas, so you can choose the courses that can help you in your future career. As a prospective prosecutor, for example, you may take courses that focus on public policy and criminal law.

Upon completion of your law degree, you can sit for the bar exam. Passing this exam and getting your attorney's license are the final two required steps in becoming a prosecutor. Once you're a licensed attorney, you can begin seeking work as a prosecutor. Relevant volunteer work or an internship experience may help you during your job search.

Career Outlook and Salary Potential for Prosecutor

Regardless of how the economy fluctuates in other areas, there will always be crime, which means that there's always a need for skilled criminal prosecutors. Depending on your level of experience and education, you may look in several different places for jobs. You may work at the city level, the county level, the state level, or the federal level. Generally, the higher you get in the government, the more training you need. Overall, the job outlook for lawyers is positive in the United States. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net anticipates a 10% increase in lawyer jobs across the country. This job growth works out to almost 20,000 new job listings per year (O*Net, 2012). In some areas, lawyers are in greater demand. For example, in Texas, job openings are expected to increase by 22% (O*Net, 2012). California lawyers may see an 11% increase in demand (O*Net, 2012).

Salaries for prosecutors vary between states and cities. Overall, the average salary for a lawyer in the United States is $114,300 per year (O*Net, 2013). Illinois lawyers claim an average salary of $113,400 per year (O*Net, 2013). In Florida, the average salary is $98,700 per year (O*Net, 2013).

What it's Like to Work as a Prosecutor

When you get a job as a prosecutor, you may wonder what it's like to take on such an important role. It's crucial to realize that seniority is important in this job, so you may get tough cases when you start out. This may include working on cases that the state does not expect to win or on cases that do not have many resources allocated to them. However, if you can push through and make a name for yourself as a prosecutor, you may be able to take on more high-profile cases.

Your days may be divided between preparing for cases and actually presenting cases in court. Depending on how much money the state allocates to different cases, you may spend several months preparing for a case before it is even heard by a judge. When a case goes to court, you may be in session for days or weeks before receiving a real break.

It's important to be ready for all sorts of cases if you go into this specialty. Prosecutor Kevin Urick, for example, tried a brutal murder case that he still speaks on years later. If you're ready to serve your community and the people in it by becoming a prosecutor, it's time to look into criminal justice schools in your area. Use our simple search tools to contact them now for more information.

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Keiser University eCampus (PF Online)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies (online), Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security (online), Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (online), Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (online)
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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 (Fort Lauderdale, FL / New Port Richey, FL / Orlando, FL / Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice - Fort Lauderdale, 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 - Fort Lauderdale, 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 - Fort Lauderdale, 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 - 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
Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Bachelor (online)
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
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 / Topeka, KS)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice Associate, 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
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)
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Wisconsin

Kaplan University (Learning Center - Milwaukee, WI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology, BS - Legal Support and Services, BS in Criminal Justice, BSCJ - Juvenile Justice, MPA - Criminal Justice, MS in Criminal Justice, MSCJ - Law, Undergraduate in Legal Studies