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Justice and Public Safety

Justice and Public Safety

Program Description

Serve your community by keeping it safe. Now more than ever before the world needs committed and capable law enforcement personnel. With a degree from AUM’s program of Justice and Public Safety, you’ll be qualified for a variety of law enforcement jobs at the local, state, and federal level. You’ll take at least one course from each of the specialization options: law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, and security administration, and you’ll specialize in one. You may also elect the Criminal Justice track or the Legal Studies track, where you can earn an American Bar Association Paralegal Certificate, qualifying you to work as a legal assistant.

Points of Pride

  • Both full-time and part-time faculty have served in law enforcement and corrections; the Department Head was the former Deputy Chief of Police in Semi Valley, California.
  • Our full-time faculty have published scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in such prestigious journals as Criminal Justice Studies, Police Quarterly, International Journal of Police Science & Management, Homicide Studies, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Criminology & Penology.
  • Our full-time faculty have presented papers at annual conferences such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the American Society of Criminology.
  • All of our legal studies faculty members are lawyers who continue to practice law.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

The job outlook for legal occupations is expected to be about average from 2014 to 2024, growing 5 percent and adding 64,000 jobs. The most recent median annual wage for legal occupations was $76,860 — more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$49,360 per year

4% (3,300 more jobs)

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

$48,350 per year

8% (21,200 more jobs)

Police and Detectives

$60,270 per year

4% (33,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Justice and Public Safety
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 320G

Soaring Warhawks

  • Dr. Rodney Ellis is chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport in Louisiana.
  • Paul Register is Chief of Police of the Auburn Police Department.
  • Kevin Murphy served as Montgomery’s Police Chief and is now Chief Deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Program Overview

Please see the course listings on the pages for the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies tracks.