CTE - Law and Forensics


The focus of this program is to educate and prepare students for careers in Government, Law Enforcement, Legal Careers, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Law. Students will be skilled at navigating the Justice System including the formation and enforcement of laws and the intersection between crime and punishment. Students will practice the investigative process, including procedure, Forensic Science, and will navigate the Trial Court and Correctional systems. Students will be capable of applying their understanding of psychological principles to the aforementioned areas while preparing for internships in their respective fields. In addition, students also explore Forensic Science as it relates to criminal justice and the legal system.

Plan of Study

Year 1

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Year 2

Forensics and Responding to Emergencies

Year 3

Law & Society Criminal and Law & Society Civil

Year 4

Legal & Law Enforcement Career Applications

Suggested Coursework:

American Government & Civics
Advanced Forensic


NOCTI 4281: Criminal Justice
YouScience Criminal Justice I


Skills and Knowledge:

Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls; Patrol assigned areas; Conduct traffic stops and issue citations; Search for vehicle records and warrants using computers in the field; Obtain warrants and arrest suspects; Collect and secure evidence from crime scenes; Observe the activities of suspects; Write detailed reports and fill out forms; Prepare cases and testify in court; Possess knowledge of the law; Knowledge of community relations; Possess good communication skills; General knowledge of mental health calls to service in law enforcement; Knowledge of mental health resources available in the community

Occupations within this Field:
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Reporter
  • Court Staff
  • Criminal Investigator;
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Park Ranger
  • Police and Patrol Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Youth Services Worker
  • Victim Advocate
Forensics Web 5

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Students must complete 80 hours in any of the following activities: Internship, Apprenticeship, Service-learning project, Industry Project, or School-based Enterprise.