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Louisiana Criminal Justice Degree Programs

State Agency: Office of the Attorney General

Overview

On a lonely stretch of highway outside of Gibsland, Louisiana, you'll find a small stone monument marking the spot where the infamous Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met their end. Law enforcement can be dangerous work, but for those willing to accept the risk, Louisiana can offer ample opportunity.

Graduating with a criminal justice degree in Louisiana can lead to a wide range of fulfilling and lucrative career opportunities within the Pelican State and beyond. Some of the widely available jobs you can qualify for after completing a criminal justice education in Louisiana include police officers and sheriffs, correctional officers, paralegals and legal assistants.

Louisiana is home to a number of well-known schools that offer bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice as well as vocational and technical colleges that prepare students exclusively for careers in the criminal justice industry. If distance learning works better for your schedule and budget than commuting to campus, you can sign up for a criminal justice program that offers an online supplement or a degree program that is fully available online.

Criminal Justice Education in Louisiana

In a typical four-year criminal justice program in Louisiana, students begin by taking core courses and learning the history and general principles of the U.S. criminal justice system. Before you can move on to classes that are specific to your area of interest, you will need to complete required introductory courses that typically include:

  • History of the American Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Courts and Legal Services
  • Introduction to Penology
  • Law and Society
  • Common Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice

You will be expected to spend most of your first and second year studying core subjects that are not technically a part of your major. These courses usually include mathematics, English, foreign languages, social studies and science. After you are done with introductory and core courses, you will be able to study in-depth criminal justice topics. Research and analytics, victim psychology and structure and function of law enforcement are a few examples of courses that criminal justice majors study in their third and fourth years of school. Many schools also require their students to complete a work-study program or an internship as part of their criminal justice education.

The American Criminal Justice Association awards scholarships to help criminal justice students pay for their education.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Louisiana

The type of work you can expect to find after graduating depends on your interests, academic background and location. Law enforcement and legal services are among the most in-demand criminal justice fields in Louisiana. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Louisiana's courts and legal services are some of the state's major industries with an employment rate of 13,420 workers. The BLS reports that attorneys generally have the highest-paying jobs with an average annual salary of $101,170. Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators earn an average of $53,630 per year while legal assistants and paralegals earn slightly more with a mean annual salary of $49,380.

Protective service occupations are also in high demand throughout Louisiana. Recent statistics from BLS show that there are currently more than 55,880 people who are employed in protective services. While that number seems much higher than the statistics for employee numbers in legal services, it is important to remember that protective services cover a wider range of criminal justice careers.

Within protective services, police officers, sheriffs, correctional officers, jailers and security guards are currently the most in-demand careers. Out of those occupations, police officers and sheriffs have the highest-paying jobs with annual salaries averaging $39,650. Louisiana is one of the top five states in the country for employment rates of police officers (BLS 2017). Graduates who are interested in higher-paying positions should seek management positions. For example, while correctional officers earn annual salaries of $34,540, their first-line supervisors earn significantly more, at $53,90 a year (BLS 2017).

Keep in mind that mean salaries can give you an idea of how much you can earn after graduating with a criminal justice degree in Louisiana, but it is tough to predict whether your salary will be lower or higher than the average. Choosing electives that support your career choice and completing at least a four-year degree program can help you significantly increase your long-term earning potential.

Use our school listings below to help with your research to find the perfect criminal justice college. You can request information from multiple schools to compare different programs and requirements.Finally, take some time to learn more about criminal justice scholarships that may be available in your area.Good luck!

Louisiana Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:
Additional Criminal Justice Schools in Louisiana
Baton Rouge Community College (Baton Rouge, LA)
Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Emergency Management

  • Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Legal Systems
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Medicolegal Death Investigation

  • Delgado Community College (New Orleans, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Grambling State University (Grambling, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science - Criminal Justice

  • ITT Technical Institute (Baton Rouge, LA / Saint Rose, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)

  • Louisiana College (Pineville, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Louisiana State University at Alexandria (Online) (Alexandria, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Louisiana State University-Eunice (Eunice, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Bachelor of Science - Emergency Service Technology

  • Louisiana State University-Shreveport (Online) (Shreveport, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor Degree - Criminal Justice

  • Louisiana Technical College (Oakdale, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate of Technical Studies - Correctional Security Officer
  • Certificate of Technical Studies - Criminal Justice
  • Technical Competency Area - Criminal Justice
  • Technical Diploma - Criminal Justice

  • Louisiana Technical Colleges-Northshore Technical College (Bogalusa, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate - Criminal Justice
  • Technical Certificate - Criminal Justice

  • McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of General Studies - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Mid City College (Baton Rouge, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate in Occupational Studies - Paralegal
  • Certificate - Court Reporting
  • Certificate - Court Reporting (online)

  • Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Legal Assistant Studies

  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Pre-law and Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Unified Public Safety
  • Master of Science - Homeland Security

  • Nunez Community College (Chalmette, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies

  • Our Lady of the Lake University Online (Baton Rouge, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Master of Social Work (online)

  • Remington College (Baton Rouge, LA / Lafayette, LA / Shreveport, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Criminal Justice - Associates
  • Criminal Justice - Bachelor

  • South Louisiana Community College (Lafayette, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Southern University and A & M College (Baton Rouge, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Southern University at New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Southern University at Shreveport (Shreveport, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Administration
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies

  • Sowela Technical Community College (Lake Charles, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice

  • The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Online) (Lafayette, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • The University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)

  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Homeland Security Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Legal Studies in Business
  • Post-Bachelor Certificate - Homeland Security Studies

  • University of Phoenix (Baton Rouge, LA / Bossier City, LA / Lafayette, LA / Metairie, LA)
    Programs Offered:
  • BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online)
  • BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online)
  • BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online)
  • BS - Organizational Security Management (online)
  • MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)

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