If you have a passion for the law and law enforcement, then a career in criminal justice might be just what you are looking for. Los Angeles has many good educational institutions from where you can obtain a high-quality degree in this field. Here is a list of the top ones. Each school’s position is based on accurate information obtained from student surveys, government records and other official sources.

1) The California State University – Los Angeles

The California State University – Los Angeles is one of the largest public universities in California with a student body that exceeds 27,000. It offers 129 Bachelor’s, 112 Master’s and 4 Doctoral degree programs. A couple of these relate to criminal justice including the “Minor in Criminal Justice” and the “B.S. in Criminal Justice.”

In 2015, the California State University – Los Angeles produced 195 criminal justice graduates. This number is set to increase in the coming years as more and more people enter the field.

2) The Platt College

A small private educational institution, the Platt College is located in a large suburb in Alhambra. There are 23 Associate’s degrees and 7 Bachelor’s degrees to choose from. 2 of these degree programs are in criminal justice. In 2015, 30 people graduated with a criminal justice degree from the Platt College. The small class size ensures personalized attention for each student.

3) The California State University – Dominguez Hills

Established in 1960, the California State University – Dominguez Hills is part of the California State University system which runs 23 campuses across the Golden State. With more than 14,500 students, it is a major public university situated in a small city in California. 2 of its degree programs are in criminal justice. Cal State Dominguez Hills awarded criminal justice bachelor’s degrees to 181 students in 2015.

4) The California State University – Fullerton

Going by student strength, the California State University – Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton) is the largest institution among the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. It has more than 40,000 registered students with almost 6,000 of them enrolled in graduate study programs.

Cal State Fullerton offers two degree programs in criminal justice. In 2015, the institution conferred 318 bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice to successful students. The number of graduates in this field is set to increase in the coming years.

5) The California State University – Long Beach

The California State University – Long Beach (Cal State Long Beach) is the third-largest institution among the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. It has more than 37,000 registered students.

Cal State Long Beach offers 3 degree programs in criminal justice. In 2015, 126 students earned a bachelor’s degree and 5 students earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from this outstanding school.