Criminal Justice - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois
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Welcome to the Criminal Justice program at Lake Land College!

If you are looking for an exciting career in the field of criminal justice, you have just taken the first step to making your goal a reality!  The criminal justice program at Lake Land College is an intensive two-year course of study, which will prepare you for employment with a criminal justice agency or for transfer to a four-year college or university.

One great aspect about the criminal justice program at Lake Land College is the fact that the instructors are not only well educated but also have professional experience in the fields they are teaching.  This gives you, the student, realistic experiences from each instructor in their field of expertise – because they have been in the field they are teaching (policing, corrections, law, etc.) and are not just lecturing from a textbook.

While working toward your Associate degree in criminal justice at Lake Land College, you will experience classroom training, hands-on demonstrations, and presentations from criminal justice professionals in our community. All of these aspects help you achieve your goals of graduation and successful employment after graduation.

The Criminal Justice program at Lake Land College will set the stage for a rewarding career in fields such as policing, corrections, law, crime scene investigation, probation, parole, private security, and many other careers found in the criminal justice system.

We look forward to seeing you in the criminal justice program at Lake Land College!



Concealed Carry courses are now under the direction of the Community and Professional Programs office. For information about CCW courses, please contact Vivian Bales at 217-234-5087 or

Criminal Justice Program Curriculum

The Criminal Justice Program offers two associate's degrees and two certificates. Click on the links below for more information about each program.

Associate in Arts (AA) in Criminal Justice (Transfer degree)

Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Law Enforcement (Career/Technical degree)

Certificate in Law Enforcement Operations

Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership

Though all of these courses are offered on the main Lake Land College campus, a variety of CJ classes are also offered at the Effingham Kluthe Center, online, and at other various off campus locations throughout the Lake Land College district, making obtaining your education very affordable and convenient!


Making the Decision...

Making the decision to go to college is a big one. It is true that some departments do not require college credit, however most are evolving to require either college credit or military experience. If you have a specific department in mind to work for, it is important to find out what type of educational requirement they have for hiring.

You will NEVER go wrong with going to college. If you are under 21 years old, your possibilities are limited in the field of criminal justice anyway. If you are 21 years old or older, you might as well advance your education while testing and applying at criminal justice agencies!

Below you will find information about our curriculum, as well as contact information if you have any questions about the program at Lake Land College.


Internship Opportunity (CJS104)

Internships can be scheduled by contacting the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at 217.234.5310. Internships are typically scheduled one semester in advance (e.g., fall internships are scheduled in the spring semester prior).

A variety of internships are available and it is suggested any student wanting to go into a criminal justice field directly after obtaining their Associate's degree should participate in an internship.


Employment Opportunities

 For general employment opportunities in our community, visit the webpage of Career Services at


Don't really care where you work? These two cites are focused on the recruitment of criminal justice professionals:


Contact Information

For more information regarding the criminal justice program at Lake Land College, contact:

Dr. Dustin D. Heuerman
Lake Land College
5001 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, IL 61938


Phone:  217-234-5310