Thousands of Eastern Shore residents have launched their public safety and legal careers at Chesapeake. Our programs provide an excellent foundation to start, strengthen or expand your legal horizons. We partner with police agencies, law firms and government agencies to give you practical and proven experiences. Our flexible programs allow you to take classes while working so you can earn a certificate, or associate degree.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & LEGAL STUDIES

Why Chesapeake

As the need for qualified and trained criminal justice and paralegal professionals continues to grow, Chesapeake College offers six outstanding law programs to advance your education - and your career. We are the only community college offering working law enforcement a wholly online program to earn your A.A. degree. Our flexible program is designed to fit the unpredictable schedules of busy law enforcement officials, and, we award credit for Maryland Police Academy training. Whether you’re interested in building a foundation for law school—or a thriving career as a paralegal—our legal studies programs are an affordable, convenient way to start your journey.

Crime Scene
  • Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree: Crime Scene Technician Concentration
  • Crime Scene Technician Certificate
Law Enforcement*
  • Law Enforcement A.A.S. Degree: Law Enforcement Concentration
  • Law Enforcement Certification
Legal Studies
  • Legal Studies A.A.S. Degree**
  • Legal Studies Certificate

*These programs are not prerequisites for entry into a police academy nor do they provide complete entry level training for work as a county or state police officer.

***Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

/ Criminal Justice & Law Careers

  • Correctional Officer
  • Court Clerk
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Federal Enforcement Officer
  • Juvenile Services Officer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation Agent
  • Police Officer
  • Retail Security
  • Victim Advocate

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies News

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies Program News
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August 20, 2018
Meet Zoey - Incoming Law Pathway Student
by Marcie Alvarado Molloy

Zoey will major in Criminal Justice and plans to earn an associate’s degree at Chesapeake. She hopes to enter the law enforcement field in the area of police forensics.
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PROGRAM announcements

Announcements and Upcoming Events.
  • 14Sept
    Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training will be rescheduled shortly. Open to all students.

Police officers and the community benefit when law enforcement officers further their education. We’ve identified hundreds of Academy graduates working as officers on the Eastern Shore who could earn their degree by combining their academy certification with the highly respected curriculum we offer at Chesapeake.

~ Bridget Lowrie, J.D.
Chesapeake Associate Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

Because of Chesapeake College, I became the successful, career-oriented person I am today. Chesapeake not only taught me time management, interpersonal and communication skills, it rewarded me for the same with a college degree. Chesapeake formed the basis and knowledge for a job in law enforcement that became my career.

~ Walter “Pete” Landon
Director, Maryland Governor’s Office of Homeland Security

Whether working alongside an attorney during a high profile trial, in a government office, in private practice or with a non-profit organization, the need for qualified and trained paralegal professionals continues to grow. As a practicing attorney and employer, I know first-hand the incredible value Chesapeake’s paralegal program holds for those interested in launching a legal career.

~ Ann Goodman
Partner, Parker Counts

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