The South Carolina Law Cadet Academy was started in 1973 with the cooperation of The American Legion Department of South Carolina and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. In the early years, this program was held at Ft. Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. Since 1975, it has been housed at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Columbia, South Carolina.

Over a thousand young individuals have participated, and have gone on to make careers in Law Enforcement, how about you!


The American Legion Department of South Carolina with over 25,000 Legionnaires and its 200 American legion posts throughout South Carolina is proud to be a co-sponsor of this program. The American Legion is the largest war time veterans organization in the state, nation, and the world. It is made up of 55 Departments world wide and over 2.8 million Legionnaires.

This Law Cadet Academy program is just one of four major children and youth programs that it sponsors. The others are Oratorical Contest, Boys State, and American Legion Baseball.

The South Carolina Law Cadet Academy is assigned to The American Legion’s Americanism Commission, with a standing committee of 6 rotating Legionnaires and numerous assistants.

The individual American Legion Posts sponsor individual youth to participate in this week of fun and excitement. The average number youth has increased over the years to the maximum of 80 participants. If interested contact you local American Legion post for further information.


The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is proud to be a co-sponsor of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Cadet Academy. The following is a list of the numerous Law Enforcement Agencies that provide resources such as personnel, cars, meeting/training facilities, etc. to make this program on of the best in the country and The American Legion. We are honored to support such a program of this nature and prestige.

Batesburg-Leesville Police Department
Berkley County Sheriff’s Department
Lancaster Police Department
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
Lexington Police Department
North Augusta DPS
Pickens County Sheriff’s Department
Richland County Sheriff’s Department
S.C. Criminal Justice Academy
S.C. Department of Corrections
S.C. Department of Corrections
S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice
S.C. Department of Natural Resources
S.C. Department of Public Safety
S.C. Highway Patrol Training Unit
S.C. Highway Patrol
S.C. Office of the Attorney General
S.C. Office of the Governor
S.C. Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Summerville Police Department
U.S. Secret Service

We Thank Everyone For Their Time and Talents in supporting The Law Cadet Academy.