Department Chair: Richard Kuiters
Department Secretary: Barbara Bliss
Room: A-306A
Phone: (201) 447-7143

Legal Studies Coordinator: Lawrence Joel

Our Mission

The Bergen Community College Department of Criminal Justice and Legal provides a foundation for understanding the key components of criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management. The department is dedicated to promoting critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills necessary for careers in public service.

Career Paths

The professional studies Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.)- legal studies paralegal program is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers including law. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.

Transfer Opportunities

Students pursuing the professional studies Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in legal studies can transfer into majors, such as criminal justice, law, and legal studies. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.

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