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Justice, Law & Society Program

merican University’s School of Public Affairs offers a master’s or doctoral degree in Justice, Law and Society (JLS), the perfect choice for students interested in a wide variety of professions in the practical, academic or strategic areas of law, justice, crime and security. As the world grows ever more complex, the process by which justice is administered follows suit. The JLS program offers four concentrations or specialty areas that prepare graduates to address the full spectrum of tactical, strategic or policy aspects of crime and justice, while providing students with solid skills in research design and quantitative methods, evaluation techniques and statistical training.

Which concentration is right for me?

Our JLS program offers four concentrations, each focusing on a different aspect or perspective of crime, law or justice, while providing a solid base of research design and quantitative methods, and a blend of theory and practical applications. The concentrations prepare students for a range of careers, from tactical to academic as outlined below: Justice and Public Policy

Terrorism Studies and Security Policy

Jurisprudence and Social Thought

Law and Society

For those interested in…

A classic criminal justice or policing curriculum, exploring theories on the causes and prevention of crime and delinquency at the individual, group, community and societal levels.

The prediction, prevention, and control of terrorism and other security issues and policies for those wishing to protect and serve.

Examining how law and justice are applied throughout the world in various political systems and policies. For those interested in civil liberties, international human rights, global ethics, relief or other issues.

Exploring a more academic and macro-level view of criminal justice, including the theories and legal foundations of criminal justice or legal policy and how they impact society as a whole.

Career Possibilities

Practitioner or research positions within the “traditional” criminal justice system such as policing, the prison systems, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Justice, National Crime Prevention Council, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, the National Center for Juvenile Justice, or the Federal Bureau of Prisons, among others.

Working at the Department of Homeland Security or other federal or state security agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Justice.

Careers within the United Nations, USAID, international agencies, consulting firms or NGOs working on human rights or relief efforts, or domestic agencies such as the ACLU.

Positions in policy analysis and applied research on lawrelated issues in various fields or organizations such as the National Institute of Justice, International Association of Crime Analysts, the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the Public Defenders Service.

Program Features

Includes course work in criminal justice, including corrections and policing. A solid academic grounding in the framework of social science, and skills to analyze crime data, map crime patterns, and use research to make evidence-based decisions on how to address crime.

Targeted training in security and public protection. Incorporates coursework from the School of International Service.

Offers comparative perspectives on the nature and structural foundations of law, combined with practical, analytical training that blends in humanities.

Combines social science and humanities with interdisciplinary perspectives on law.


Justice, Law & Society Program

What sets American University apart?

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Location – Our campus is located in the heart of Washington D.C., the epicenter of policy and Federal crime prevention and management. We offer students access to faculty, speakers, internships and other opportunities simply not available in other parts of the country.

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Reputation – The School of Public Affairs is highly ranked by the U.S. News and World Report.

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Faculty & Academic Strength – Our students learn from professors who are true experts and leading contributors in their respective fields. JLS faculty members are often cited in Supreme Court cases and called upon by various governmental agencies and offices to provide expert consultation on key issues. Their expertise gives students direct access to cutting edge research and scholarship in areas such as criminal follow-up, domestic and international policing and terrorism.

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Flexibility – Our hybrid program offers students unique opportunities to focus deeply on a wide variety of aspects within the areas of crime, law and justice. Students have access to courses and concentrations spanning the criminal justice system, law, criminology, public policy, crime theory and related issues, and overlapping with sociology, social work, population studies, political science and law.

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Job/Career Opportunities ­– JLS students have access to a wide variety of internship and job opportunities. Recent graduates have gone on to work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, the State Department, World Bank, private sector accounting, law or consultancy firms, and institutes or non-profit groups such as the Alliance for Retired Americans, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and many others.

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Strong Public Policy Focus – Housed within the School of Public Affairs, the JLS program is embedded within the University’s government, politics and public policy academics and professional community. This provides students with a richer context for all studies.

For more information contact us at: (202) 885-6230, spagrad@american.edu. We are located in the Ward Circle Building, Room 349.


Justice, Law & Society Program Concentration Area: Justice and Public Policy

The School of Public Affairs master’s degree in Justice, Law and Society offers a concentration in Justice and Public Policy. The concentration offers a classic criminal justice or policing curriculum, exploring theories on the causes and prevention of crime and delinquency at the individual, group, community and societal levels. The concentration includes

Choosing the Right Concentration: Why Justice and Public Policy?

This concentration area is the right choice for students interested in pursuing a career as a practitioner or researcher within the “traditional” criminal justice system such as policing, the prison systems or corrections. Graduates often find jobs within organizations such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Justice, National Crime Prevention Council, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, the National Center for Juvenile Justice, or the Federal Bureau of Prisons, among others. The concentration allows students to learn new approaches to both traditional and non-traditional crime and criminal justice issues, examining them within the context of current social and court systems as well as constitutional law. Students explore issues from a wide range of perspectives including through the lens of the victims, mental health professionals, crime prevention experts and others. The concentration provides more targeted training in crime and criminal justice, and students learn the skills needed to address the issues relevant today.

course work in criminal justice, including

Why American University?

corrections and policing. It provides

concentration all have global reputations in criminal justice, policing, crime measurement, constitutional law, crime prevention, violent crime and prison and correctional systems. n Location & Unprecedented Access – Learn about criminal justice and public policy from within the nation’s capital city, minutes away from the Supreme Court and Department of Homeland Security offices. Students will benefit from internationally renowned guest speakers, access to inside-the-Beltway forums, research resources such as the Library of Congress, and unique internship or career opportunities.

students with solid academic grounding in the framework of social science, and skills to analyze crime data, map crime patterns, and use research to make

n Faculty & Academic Strength – The faculty for the Justice and Public Policy

evidence-based decisions on how to address crime.

www.american.edu/spa

How do I apply?

Please visit out website at http://www.american.edu/spa/admissions/applyto-SPA.cfm for an on-line application and a complete list of admissions requirements. In addition to meeting the university requirements for graduate study, applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholastic achievement in undergraduate work, test scores and two letters of recommendation. Please visit our website for the full description of requirements.

For more information contact us at: (202) 885-6230, spagrad@american.edu. We are located in the Ward Circle Building, Room 349.


Justice, Law & Society | Concentration Area: Justice and Public Policy

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33 credit hours of approved graduate work with at least 18 credit hours at the 600 level  Written comprehensive examination in one of the concentration areas, justice and public policy, jurisprudence and social thought, or law and society. Students must complete foundational seminars and electives in the relevant area before taking the examination.  Completion of the selected concentration’s research requirement for Justice and Public Policy - JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II with grades of B or better 

Course Requirements – Core Degree

Two foundational courses from the following:  n JLS-601 Law and Social Sciences (3)  n JLS-602 Legal Theory (3)  n JLS-607 Concept of Justice (3)  n JLS-609 Criminological Theory (3)  n JLS-610 Justice and Public Policy: Controversial Issues (3)  Plus any of the following: n JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I (3) and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II (3)  n JLS-603 The Rule of Law and Due Process (3) and JLS-604 Foundations of Knowledge (3) 

Justice and Public Policy (21 credit hours)

12 credit hours from the following:  n JLS-504 Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)  n JLS-517 Victimology (3)  n JLS-526 Domestic Violence (3)  n JLS-550 Drugs, Crime, and Public Policy (3)  n JLS-596 Selected Topic: Nonrecurring with permission of advisor  n JLS-607 Concept of Justice (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-608 The Constitution and Criminal Procedure (3)  n JLS-609 Criminological Theory (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-610 Justice and Public Policy: Controversial Issues (3)  (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-638 Race and Justice in America (3)  n JLS-643 Advanced Seminar in Policing (3)  n JLS-672 Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy (3)  n JLS-676 Theories of Punishment (3)  n JLS-686 Advanced Seminar in Corrections (3)  n JLS-687 Law, Deviance, and the Mental Health System (3)  9 additional credit hours from the following or other approved Justice, Law & Society courses:  n PUAD-606 Foundations of Policy Analysis (3)  n PUAD-610 Management Analysis (3)  n PUAD-616 Legal Basis of Public Management (3)  n PUAD-633 Financial Aspects of Public Management (3)  n PUAD-654 Organizational Diagnosis and Change (3) 


Justice, Law & Society Program Concentration Area: Terrorism Studies and Security Policy

The School of Public Affairs master’s degree in Justice, Law and Society offers a concentration in Terrorism Studies and Security Policy. The concentration addresses the prediction, prevention, and control of terrorism, and will provide

Why Terrorism Studies and Security Policy?

Security remains foremost in the public mind, and the past decade has seen an unprecedented number of new developments in the sophistication and approach to security policy and terrorism. This concentration area allows students to examine and explore new approaches to both traditional and non-traditional security issues that strike the balance between safeguarding the population, retaining the constructive flow of people and goods across borders and supporting human rights and emerging nations’ ability to enhance their welfare. Students discuss national and international nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, border security, global trade and environmental issues, economic issues that impact security and others, and learn the skills needed to address security issues that will shape the future.

students with solid skills in research Choosing the Right Concentration

design and quantitative methods.

The Terrorism Studies and Security Policy concentration is the right choice for students interested in working at the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, or other federal or state security agencies whose goals are to protect and serve. The concentration provides targeted training in security and public protection, including identifying and preventing threats to our national security. Why American University? n Faculty & Academic Strength – The faculty for Terrorism Studies and

Security Policy have global reputations in international security, trade, finance, development, foreign policymaking, international economic policy, international security policy and the U.S. foreign policy process. n Location & Unprecedented Access – Learn about security policy from within the nation’s capital city, steps away from the Department of Homeland Security offices. Students will benefit from internationally renowned guest speakers, access to inside-the-Beltway forums and unique internship or career opportunities. How do I apply?

Please visit out website at http://www.american.edu/spa/admissions/apply-to-SPA. cfm for an on-line application and a complete list of admissions requirements. In addition to meeting the university requirements for graduate study, applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholastic achievement in undergraduate work, test scores and two letters of recommendation. Please visit our website for the full description of requirements.

www.american.edu/spa

For more information contact us at: (202) 885-6230, spagrad@american.edu. We are located in the Ward Circle Building, Room 349.


Justice, Law & Society | Concentration Area: Terrorism Studies and Security Policy

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33 credit hours of approved graduate work with at least 18 credit hours at the 600 level  Written comprehensive examination in one of the concentration areas, justice and public policy, jurisprudence and social thought, or law and society. Students must complete foundational seminars and electives in the relevant area before taking the examination.  Completion of the selected concentration’s research requirements as follows: • Justice and Public Policy – JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II with grades of B or better  • Jurisprudence and Social Thought – JLS603 The Rule of Law and Due Process and JLS-604 Foundations of Knowledge with grades of B or better  • Law and Society – JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II, or JLS-797 Master’s Thesis Research, with grades of B or better  • Security Policy – JLS 680-681 Introduction to Justice Research II with grades of B or better 

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JLS 609 Criminological Theory JLS 672 Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy

Terrorism Studies and Security Policy (21 credit hours)

12 credit hours from the following, or other approved electives relevant to security policy: n COMM 541 Crisis Communication n GOVT 529 Principles of National Security n JLS 596 Prevention of Terrorism] n JLS 621 Justice in the Face of Terror n SIS 542 Human and Global Security in the New World Order n SIS 586 Technology, Security, and Warfare n SIS 588 International Security and Arms Control n SIS 684 National Security Policy 9 additional credit hours from the following or other approved courses: n JLS 602 Concept of Justice n JLS 608 Constitution and Criminal Procedure n JLS 610 Justice and Public Policy n JLS 615 Law and Human Rights n JLS 686 Advanced Seminar in Policing n JLS 691 Internship in a Justice Setting n JLS 692 Cooperative Education Field Experience n REL 675 Religion and Violence n SIS 610 Theory of Conflict, Violence and War n SIS 617 Applied Conflict Resolution


Justice, Law & Society Program

Concentration Area: Jurisprudence and Social Thought

The School of Public Affairs master’s

Choosing the Right Concentration: Why Jurisprudence and Social Thought?

degree in Justice, Law and Society offers a concentration in Jurisprudence and Social Thought. This concentration encourages students to examine the intersection between global law and sociology, exploring the tangible applications of law and justice within the framework of our society. Students are offered comparative perspectives on the nature and structural foundations of law, and then challenged to examine and explore how these foundations are applied throughout various areas in humanities. It provides students with solid academic

This concentration area is the right choice for students interested in areas such as international human rights, civil rights, legal reform, international development or relief work. Graduates often find roles within the United Nations, USAID, NGOs or organizations such as the ACLU. The concentration allows students to learn about the tangible applications of law and justice within the framework of our social policies. Students are grounded in rule of law, the constitution and legal theory, and then examine these topics through a filter of sociology and policy, exploring issues such as human rights, theories of punishment, ethics, morality, race, religion and gender. The concentration provides a solid background in conducting applied research within the areas of law and criminal justice, and students will learn the skills needed to closely study or resolve the issues relevant today. Why American University? n Faculty & Academic Strength – The faculty for Jurisprudence and Social

Thought have global reputations in civil justice reform, justice in developing countries, global ethics, political theory and human rights, migration and citizenship, and issues such as the union of medicine and state, corruption and the creation of legal institutions and the ethics of foreign assistance. n Location & Unprecedented Access – Learn about the law’s application through public policy from within the nation’s capital city, minutes away from the Congressional and State Department offices. Students will benefit from internationally renowned guest speakers, access to inside-the-Beltway forums, research resources such as the Library of Congress, and unique internship or career opportunities.

grounding in the framework of law, and practical, analytical skills to explore the legal impact on many areas of society and corresponding social policy.

www.american.edu/spa

How do I apply?

Please visit out website at http://www.american.edu/spa/admissions/applyto-SPA.cfm for an on-line application and a complete list of admissions requirements. In addition to meeting the university requirements for graduate study, applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholastic achievement in undergraduate work, test scores and two letters of recommendation. Please visit our website for the full description of requirements.

For more information contact us at: (202) 885-6230, spagrad@american.edu. We are located in the Ward Circle Building, Room 349.


Justice, Law & Society | Jurisprudence and Social Thought

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33 credit hours of approved graduate work with at least 18 credit hours at the 600 level  Written comprehensive examination in one of the concentration areas, justice and public policy, jurisprudence and social thought, or law and society. Students must complete foundational seminars and electives in the relevant area before taking the examination.  Completion of the selected concentration’s research requirement for Justice and Public Policy - JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II with grades of B or better 

Course Requirements – Core Degree

Two foundational courses from the following:  n JLS-601 Law and Social Sciences (3)  n JLS-602 Legal Theory (3)  n JLS-607 Concept of Justice (3)  n JLS-609 Criminological Theory (3)  n JLS-610 Justice and Public Policy: Controversial Issues (3)  Plus any of the following: n JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I (3) and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II (3)  n JLS-603 The Rule of Law and Due Process (3) and JLS-604 Foundations of Knowledge (3) 

Jurisprudence and Social Thought (21 credit hours)

12 credit hours from the following or other approved law and society electives:  n JLS-535 Gender and the Law (3)  n JLS-596 Selected Topic: Nonrecurring with permission of advisor  n JLS-601 Law and Social Sciences (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-602 Legal Theory (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-603 The Rule of Law and Due Process (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-604 Foundations of Knowledge (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-606 Legal History Seminar (3)  n JLS-607 Concept of Justice (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-608 The Constitution and Criminal Procedure (3)  n JLS-610 Justice and Public Policy: Controversial Issues (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-615 Law and Human Rights (3)  n JLS-630 Advanced Seminar in Legal Theory (3)  n JLS-631 Advanced Seminar in Social and Political Theory  (3)  n JLS-638 Race and Justice in America (3)  n JLS-648 Law and Religion (3)  n JLS-650 Constitutionalism in Historical Perspective (3)  n JLS-676 Theories of Punishment (3)  9 additional credit hours from the following or other approved Justice, Law & Society courses:  n GOVT-674 Constitutional Law and Politics (3)  n HIST-651 Era of the Revolution and Constitution (3)  n PHIL-520 Seminar on Ethical Theory (3)  n PHIL-525 Seminar on Modern Moral Problems (3)  n PHIL-641 Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3)  n SIS-621 International Law and the Legal Order (3) 


Justice, Law & Society Program Concentration Area: Law & Society

The School of Public Affairs master’s degree in Justice, Law and Society offers a concentration in Law & Society. The concentration explores a more academic and macro-level view of crime and justice, combining social science and humanities with interdisciplinary perspectives on the law. Students will learn the theories and legal foundations of criminal justice and legal policy, and examine how this impacts society as a whole.

Choosing the Right Concentration: Why Law & Society?

This concentration area is the right choice for students interested in holding positions in policy analysis or applied research in law, or justice-related issues in various fields. Graduates may also be interested in pursuing doctoral studies in this or a related field. The concentration allows students to thoroughly learn and explore the roots of criminal law – legal theory, constitutional law, concepts of justice, etc. – while also examining their impact on society as a whole. Students look at the concepts and theories of law from a wide range of perspectives including race, religion, ethics, morality and global human rights, among others. It provides a more academic approach to crime and criminal justice, and students will learn the research and analytical skills needed to address the issues relevant today. Why American University? n Faculty & Academic Strength – The faculty for the Law & Society

concentration have global reputations in civil justice reform, justice in developing countries, global ethics, human rights, political philosophy, migration and citizenship and the relationship between liberty and responsibility. n Location & Unprecedented Access – Learn about criminal justice and public policy from within the nation’s capital city, minutes away from the Supreme Court, National Institute of Justice, International Association of Crime Analysts, the Justice Research and Statistics Association, and the Public Defenders Service among others. Students will benefit from internationally renowned guest speakers, access to inside-the-Beltway forums, research resources such as the Library of Congress, and unique internship or career opportunities. How do I apply?

Please visit out website at http://www.american.edu/spa/admissions/applyto-SPA.cfm for an on-line application and a complete list of admissions requirements. In addition to meeting the university requirements for graduate study, applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholastic achievement in undergraduate work, test scores and two letters of recommendation. Please visit our website for the full description of requirements.

www.american.edu/spa

For more information contact us at: (202) 885-6230, spagrad@american.edu. We are located in the Ward Circle Building, Room 349.


Justice, Law & Society | Concentration Area: Law & Society

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33 credit hours of approved graduate work with at least 18 credit hours at the 600 level  Written comprehensive examination in one of the concentration areas, justice and public policy, jurisprudence and social thought, or law and society. Students must complete foundational seminars and electives in the relevant area before taking the examination.  Completion of the selected concentration’s research requirement for Justice and Public Policy – JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II with grades of B or better 

Course Requirements – Core Degree

Two foundational courses from the following:  n JLS-601 Law and Social Sciences (3)  n JLS-602 Legal Theory (3)  n JLS-607 Concept of Justice (3)  n JLS-609 Criminological Theory (3)  n JLS-610 Justice and Public Policy: Controversial Issues (3)  Plus any of the following: n JLS-680 Introduction to Justice Research I (3) and JLS-681 Introduction to Justice Research II (3)  n JLS-603 The Rule of Law and Due Process (3) and JLS-604 Foundations of Knowledge (3) 

Law and Society (21 credit hours)

12 credit hours from the following:  n JLS-535 Gender and the Law (3)  n JLS-596 Selected Topic: Nonrecurring with permission of advisor  n JLS-601 Law and Social Sciences (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-602 Legal Theory (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-603 The Rule of Law and Due Process (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-604 Foundations of Knowledge (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-606 Legal History Seminar (3)  n JLS-607 Concept of Justice (3) (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-608 The Constitution and Criminal Procedure (3)  n JLS-610 Justice and Public Policy: Controversial Issues (3)   (if not used for requirement above)  n JLS-615 Law and Human Rights (3)  n JLS-630 Advanced Seminar in Legal Theory (3)  n JLS-631 Advanced Seminar in Social and Political Theory  (3)  n JLS-638 Race and Justice in America (3)  n JLS-648 Law and Religion (3)  n JLS-650 Constitutionalism in Historical Perspective (3)  n JLS-676 Theories of Punishment (3)  9 additional credit hours from the following or other approved Justice, Law & Society courses:  n GOVT-523 The Art and Craft of Lobbying (1–4)  n GOVT-540 Political Parties, Interest Groups and Lobbying (3)  n GOVT-541 The Politics of Mass Communication (3)  n GOVT-674 Constitutional Law and Politics (3)  n HIST-651 Era of the Revolution and Constitution (3)  n PHIL-520 Seminar on Ethical Theory (3)  n PHIL-525 Seminar on Modern Moral Problems (3)  n PHIL-641 Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3)  n SIS-621 International Law and the Legal Order (3) 


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