Westwood College School of Justice

Westwood College School of Justice trains students in a variety of aspects within the justice system, from advocacy and the correctional system to private security and law enforcement. A bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice is available at all Westwood College campuses and a paralegal associate degree is offered through Westwood College Online.
Associate degree program
*Paralegal The Paralegal Program focuses on immigration law, family law, business law, and legal research and writing. Students garner the skills needed to gather, analyze, and conduct legal research, prepare legal documents, and manage a legal office environment. Course topics include Introduction to Law and Ethics, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Civil Litigation. integrates sociology, ethics and the legal system. Students learn to take responsibility for enforcing statute, laws and regulations, provide intervention to victims of crime, and plan, implement, and manage security of an operation. Course topics include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Juvenile Justice, and Victimology.
Curriculum and instructors
Westwood College operates on a term schedule. Degree programs start five times a year, and courses are offered year-round with day, evening and online options. Depending on the degree program, School of Justice students can earn an associate degree in 20 months or a bachelor’s degree in three years. The curriculum is divided into degree-focused courses and general education courses—approximately two-thirds of every student’s schedule is spent in classes related to the justice system. Students choose their general education courses, which include Art History, Communication, Public Speaking, Critical Thinking and Political Science among others.
Westwood’s School of Justice instructors are working professionals, allowing them to incorporate real-life experiences. In May 2007, Criminal Justice Instructor Todd Bell received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Career College Association (CCA), a program that recognizes exceptional colleges, graduates and individuals who have worked to further the cause of career colleges and universities. Bell teaches criminal justice courses at the Westwood College - Anaheim campus.
Westwood College's various locations are nationally accredited by either the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) or the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Westwood is approved by all branches of the military to offer benefits and tuition assistance opportunities.
Westwood became a candidate for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in October 2007. The HLC is an organization dedicated to serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. To become HLC accredited, a school must meet five criteria: mission and integrity; preparing for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge; and engagement and service.
In addition, each campus is licensed and approved to operate by the appropriate state regulatory bodies.
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