From Our Students
I was born in France, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and worked as a social worker investigating a variety of family and juvenile abuse and neglect cases. During that time, I worked closely with French judges and the judicial system testifying numerous times in court investigations and trial cases. I came to the U.S. with my family and recently became a U.S. citizen (have dual citizenship in France and the U.S.). I attended De Anza College to complete my undergraduate program majoring in the Administration of Justice. This year I have transferred to CSU-East Bay to obtain my degree in Criminology with the goal of being a Juvenile Probation Officer. During my time at De Anza, I was appointed as a Judicial Court Intern with the Santa Clara County Juvenile Court working on a project with the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. I was also a PAL (Peer Assistance Leader) tutor/mentor in the pilot program for Administration of Justice classes.
Studying in the field of the Administration of Justice gave me the incredible opportunity to learn from amazing and experienced instructors; each of them provided the foundation of the administration of justice. Studying in this area does not require major skills but does require consistency, reading of assignments, and completing necessary research. Moreover, starting a career in this field requires an interest in American history and the foundation of the United States, studying the establishment of it’s laws and the judicial system. It is also vital that students are critical thinkers.
The AOJ program offers students many opportunities to learn and grow. I loved being an AOJ student and I encourage each student who wants to learn about our legal system to take classes. Do not hesitate to ask questions of your instructors; they will always answer your questions. But, be ready to study and learn. Finally, the classes enabled me to obtain the knowledge and experience I will need to be successful in my future chosen profession. Students should understand that instructors provide information and prior experiences but it is the student’s responsibility to commit to the effort required and being devoted to complete assignments on time and prepare for examinations.
- Alice Boyer-Tien
This program prepared me for my dream career in law enforcement. I now work as a Deputy Sheriff for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
The Administration of Justice Program helped me to learn about many aspects of justice administration – from the human, social and moral issues to the larger scope of justice systems. I also learned a lot from the expertise of the instructors.
– Madan Gorkhali, 2009 De Anza graduate, now a San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy
At De Anza, I took various courses including Youth and the Law, Patrol Procedures, Report Writing, Community Relations, Concepts of Criminal Law, and Evidence and Procedures. All of these courses prepared me for a smooth transition to San Jose State University and into a career in law enforcement.
My recommendation to those pursuing a career in law enforcement is to take courses that will help you understand what it is like to work in the field.
I believe that the Administration of Justice program at De Anza really helped me learn and understand what the job entails, and reassured me that a career in law enforcement is what I wanted to pursue.
– Kassandra Solis, 2013 De Anza graduate, now a Santa Clara County Sheriff's Deputy
The Administration of Justice program has taught me to be an in-depth critical thinker and to always challenge myself ...
Through courses such as forensic science, criminal investigation and community relations, the instructors provided me with the skills and knowledge that will help me to succeed as a police officer.
My instructors also shared critical insights from their own experiences in a variety of criminal justice fields. As a result, I can improve the quality of life and safety in my community.
– Nathalie Alfaro, De Anza student representative to Administration of Justice Advisory Board