Van Buren Technology Center

Providing Educational Services for a Better Tomorrow


Learn About the Legal System 

Do you like:
  • Hands-on activities?
  • Learning from actual police officers?
  • Collecting evidence?
  • Teamwork?

Matt Whitman, Instructor

In this course you will learn about basic policies and procedures of the legal system, study juvenile delinquency problems and theories, and become more familiar with the work of youth agencies, legislative involvement, and new approaches to juvenile crime prevention. Classroom participation, job shadows, and field trips are included. Qualifying first-year students can earn six credits from Lake Michigan College (LMC). Second-year students are placed in an intern program. Application process, including background check, are required for this program.


I like this class...

You will learn a variety of things:  the law, the difference between right and wrong, respect, responsibility, and most of all, if this career is right for you!

As a class, we do more than bookwork and writing.  We practice scenarios, handcuffing, and protecting yourself as well. There are times when we visit the courthouse and have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of current police officers.

Being in this program has provided me with a number of opportunities.  Most of all, it has provided me with the "extra step" I needed to better the community that I will soon be serving.

      Emily, Gobles Public Schools

Related Careers 

With further training, related careers include: 

  • Police Officer
  • Jail Warden
  • Security Guard
  • Dispatcher
  • Investigator
  • Detective
  • Lawyer

High school junior and senior students, click on the link below to download the 2017 - 2018 application: