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School of Business and Legal Studies

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School of Business and Legal Studies

Degree or Diploma inCriminal Justice

Platt College’s Criminal Justice program prepares you to enter the various occupational fields of the

criminal justice system, including: corrections, private security, criminal law, criminal investigations, juvenile justice, and forensics. Learn More »

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School of Business and Legal Studies

Diploma inParalegal Studies

Platt College’s Paralegal Studies program

prepares you to enter the fast-growing legal field. Learn More »

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School of Business and Legal Studies

Associates Degree inBusiness Management

Welcome to the Platt School of Business and Legal Studies

Join the fast-growing business and legal industries

Platt College’s School of Business and Legal Studies offers degree programs to train graduates for careers in the business and legal field. Programs include Business Management, Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice.

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About Our Programs

  • Paralegal Studies

    Platt College’s Paralegal Studies program prepares you to enter the fast-growing legal field.

  • Criminal Justice

    Platt College’s Criminal Justice program prepares you to enter the various occupational fields of the criminal justice system, including:  corrections, private security, criminal law, criminal investigations, juvenile justice, and forensics.

  • Business Management

    The Business Management program at the Platt School of Legal Studies prepares graduates who are interested in working in a business-related field such as sales, marketing, operations, finance, accounting, human resources, or office administration.

About the Paralegal Profession

  • Paralegal Studies

    Learn more about our Paralegal degree program

Paralegals—also called legal assistants—perform many of the same tasks as lawyers.

Male and female Platt students

Most paralegals work in private law firms, but are also increasingly finding employment in corporate legal departments, insurance companies, real estate and title insurance firms, and banks.

In these organizations, they may work in all areas of the law, including litigation, personal injury, corporate law, criminal law, intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, family law, and real estate. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

As a trained paralegal, your job will involve duties such as:

  • Assisting attorneys in preparing cases or trial
  • Drafting contracts, mortgages, separation agreements, and trust instruments
  • Assist in preparing tax returns and planning estates
  • Coordinating the activities of other law office employees
  • Maintaining financial office records

The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment of paralegals to grow much faster than average, as employers move to reduce costs by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers, and an expanding population increasingly requires legal services.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook also emphasizes that “competition for paralegal jobs should continue, with experienced, formally trained paralegals having the best employment opportunities.

About Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice

    Learn more about our Criminal Justice degree program

Platt College’s Criminal Justice program prepares you to enter the various occupational fields of the criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Diploma program at the Platt School of Legal Studies prepares graduates to pursue careers in law enforcement, criminology, corrections, court administration, victim services, security administration, and immigration.

Our Criminal Justice Diploma curriculum balances theory and application to provide students with foundational knowledge as well as communication and organizational skills.  The program includes a study of the national criminal justice system, ethics, and an overview of criminal law.

Additional coursework focuses on specialized areas in the field such as correctional organizations, private security, criminal investigative techniques, juvenile justice, terrorism, and forensics.  General education courses in mathematics, English, speech, and psychology round out the curriculum.

As part of its Criminal Justice Diploma curriculum, Platt College offers students the opportunity to earn their Guard Card certificate.  The College is authorized by the Bureau of Security And Investigative Services (BSIS), a division of the Department of Consumer Affairs in the state of California to offer this training, which includes  8 hour power to arrest training, as well as the additional 32 hours of training required (in various subjects) to become a licensed security guard in California.

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School of Legal Studies

Course Directory

Preview courses offered at our School of Legal Studies

PL350 - Laws of Evidence

The course is designed as an introductory level evidence course.…

PL330 - Constitutional Law

This is an introductory course focused on American constitutional…

CJ245 - Forensics

Forensic science applies scientific methodology to crime scene…

CJ226 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice/Terrorism

This course examines the influence and impact of legal, civic,…

CJ215 - Juvenile Justice

This course examines prevalent patterns of juvenile delinquency,…

CJ185 - Criminal Investigations/Report Writing

This course will provide the student with an introduction to…

CJ175 - Criminology

This course will focus on an overview of criminology issues.…

CJ165 - Criminal Law

This course will be an overview of the criminal justice system…

CJ155 - Private Security

This course describes the history and the development of the…

CJ145 - Corrections

This course will examine the historical development and present…

CJ135 - Introduction to Law & Ethics

This is an introductory class to state and federal systems with…

PL425 - Intellectual Property

This course will include a detailed discussion of patents, trademarks,…

PL415 - Labor Law / Workers’ Compensation

This course covers the laws of the employment relationship including…

PL405 - Research and Writing II

This course will be a continuation of Legal Research and Writing…

PL345 - Civil Litigation II

This course continues with an in-depth discussion of California…

PL305 - Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

This course is the study of the laws of testamentary distribution,…

Serving Southern California for over 30 years

Serving the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire areas for over 30 years, Platt College offers degree programs to train graduates for careers in the legal, medical, and creative fields.

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Except as expressly provided in California Education Code Section 94898, Platt College reserves the right to modify policies, course schedules, curricula or courses within reason due to exigent circumstances, program upgrades and/or content changes, and to cancel programs of study, modes of delivery, upcoming start dates or individual courses as it deems necessary. If a course or program is cancelled, the school may schedule course completion at a later date or refund all monies paid for the cancelled course or program if the student does not wish to continue with the program at the later date. All Platt College programs are not available at all locations, please see an Admissions Representative for more information on specific enrollment information.