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The Law and Public Service Career Cluster® focuses on planning, managing, and providing legal services, public safety, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies
of fire and emergency services.

Programs of study

Emergency Services: Firefighter

Emergency Services: Firefighter Program of Study

The Emergency Services program of study focuses on training students to respond to emergency situations, namely medical emergencies and fire-based emergencies. Students may learn how to prevent emergencies, respond appropriately and in accordance with rules and regulations during crises, and investigate and delineate the source of the emergency.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at the GRCTC.

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8L600 CCM LCHS
Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

8L100
Disaster Response

2

8L240
Counseling and Mental Health

8L905 DC (GRCTC)
Firefighter I

3

8L925 DC (GRCTC)
Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security-Firefighter

8H310/8H311(H)
Anatomy & Physiology

4

8L915 DC (GRCTC)
Firefighter II

8H975 DC (GRCTC)
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Firefighters$50,1492,30913%
Fire Inspectors and Investigators$54,78716114%
Emergency Medical Technicians$34,0911,88031%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic**
  • Emergency Telecommunicator
  • Basic Structure Fire Protection Certification**
Certificate/License*
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic**
  • Fire Protection Personnel/Firefighter
  • Fire Protection System Contractor
  • Fire Inspector
Associate's Degree
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
  • Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Bachelor's Degree
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services

*Additional industry-based certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Attend local emergency awareness events
  • Join the Texas Public Service Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a hospital or a fire station
Emergency Services: Emergency Medical Technician-B

Emergency Services: Emergency Medical Technician-B Program of Study

The Emergency Services program of study focuses on training students to respond to emergency situations, namely medical emergencies and fire-based emergencies. Students may learn how to prevent emergencies, respond appropriately and in accordance with rules and regulations during crises, and investigate and delineate the source of the emergency.

Emergency Medical Technician - B Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at the GRCTC.

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8L600 CCM LCHS
Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

8L100
Disaster Response

2

8L240
Counseling and Mental Health

3

8H310/8H311(H)
Anatomy & Physiology

4

8H975 DC (GRCTC)
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Firefighters$50,1492,30913%
Fire Inspectors and Investigators$54,78716114%
Emergency Medical Technicians$34,0911,88031%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic**
  • Emergency Telecommunicator
  • Basic Structure Fire Protection Certification**
Certificate/License*
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic**
  • Fire Protection Personnel/Firefighter
  • Fire Protection System Contractor
  • Fire Inspector
Associate's Degree
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
  • Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Bachelor's Degree
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services

*Additional industry-based certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Attend local emergency awareness events
  • Join the Texas Public Service Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a hospital or a fire station
Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Services" Criminal Justice Program of Study

The Law Enforcement program of study teaches students about the development of, adherence to, and protection of various branches of law. Students may learn how to appropriately and legally respond to breaches in the law according to statutory rules and regulations as well as investigate how and why the breaches occurred.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is available through the College and Career Magnet at Lakeview Centennial HS(LCHS) campus.

LevelCCM LCHS pathway
1

8L600 CCM
CCM Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

2

8L620 CCM
CCM Law Enforcement I

3

8L630 CCM
CCM Law Enforcement II

8L640 CCM
CCM Correctional Services

8L240
Counseling and Mental Health

4

8L300
Forensic Science

8L660 CCM
CCM Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$60,1125,24113%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Officers$44,0547939%
Correctional Officers and Jailers$40,1864,6839%
Immigration and Custom Inspectors$78,1041,2369%
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$91,312253

25%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Non-Commissioned Security Officer Level II
Certificate/License*
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Private Investigator/Security Guard
  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Certified Law Enforcement Planner
  • OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response
Associate's Degree
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Political Science
  • Corrections
  • Criminalistics and Criminal Science
Bachelor's Degree
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Political Science
  • Juvenile Corrections
  • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services

*Additional industry-based certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Texas Public Service Association
  • Join criminal justice clubs
Work-based learning activities
  • Attend court hearings and other legal procedures
Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies

Legal Studies: Paralegal Program of Study

The Legal Studies program of study introduces students to the occupations and educational opportunities related to representing clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, as well as assisting lawyers and preparing legal documents. This program of study explores possible specializations in a single area of law.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is available through the College and Career Magnet at Lakeview Centennial HS (LCHS) campus.

LevelCCM LCHS pathway
1

8L605 CCM DC
CCM Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security-Paralegal

2

8L622 CCM/8L625 CCM DC
CCM Court Systems and Practices - Paralegal

3

8L643 CCM/8L645 CCM DC
CCM Legal and Research Writing

8D660 CCM/8D665 CCM DC
CCM Business Law - Paralegal

4

8L660 CCM (2 credits)/8L665 CCM DC (3 credits)
CCM Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Lawyers$126,1312,80119%
Paralegal and Legal Assistants$50,5442,83719%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
Certificate/License*
  • Attorney
  • Certified Paralegal
  • Board Certification in Types of Law
  • Certified Legal Video Specialist
Associate's Degree
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Bachelor's Degree
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
  • International Law and Legal Studies

*Additional industry-based certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Attend court hearings and other legal procedures
  • Join the Texas Public Service Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Intern with a local attorney
  • Script and conduct a mock trial
Students practicing loading people into an ambulance

Graduation planning

Endorsement: Public Services

See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.