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Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice/Pre-Law Program


This major will focus on the basics of the criminal justice system and will emphasize public speaking, conflict resolution, and criminal procedure. Mr. Katten believes strongly that every individual deserves their rights as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. 


This year will be Mr. Katten's 9th year teaching Criminal Justice/Pre-Law at VTCTA. He is excited to be teaching students this subject matter. Mr. Katten hopes you are as excited and eager to learn the subject matter as he was to practice it. Criminal Justice/Law careers are in need of qualified, motivated, and intelligent individuals with a desire to do good. 


"It is my privilege to help educate, inspire, and prepare you."  - Mr. Katten

Meet our Instructors:


Steven Katten


  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Arizona State
  • Juris Doctorate, John Marshall Law School
  • Cook County, IL, Assistant State's Attorney, Criminal Division
  • DuPage County, IL, Assistant State's Attorney, Criminal Division
  • Criminal Defense Attorney, Private Practice




  • Criminal Justice II
  • Criminal Justice III
  • Criminal Justice Advanced Studies
  • Criminal Justice/Mock Trial Club


Anthony Strachan


  • 19 years teaching in public education
  • Bachelors in Secondary Education, UNLV
  • Masters in Administration, NOVA Southeastern University
  • Endorsements in Social Studies and Physical Science



  • Foundation of Public Safety

Students who Major in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law will take the following courses:


9th-Foundations of Public Safety

10th-Criminal Justice II

11th-Criminal Justice III

12th-Criminal Justice Advanced Studies


We also encourage all Criminal Justice students to Minor in one of the following areas:


Law Enforcement

Forensic Science

9-1-1 Dispatch


Recommended Coursework Includes:


11th-AP US History and AP Literature

12th-AP Government, AP Language, AP Statistics and AP Psychology