The Division of Justice and Law Administration

Anthony Markert, Chair
Westside Classroom Building 351, Westside Campus
(203) 837-8469
(203) 837- 8527 (fax)

Charlene Parks, Division Secretary
Westside Classroom Building 349, Westside Campus
(203) 837-8340
(203) 837- 8527 (fax)


M. Alizadeh W. DeFeo
T. Dwyer K. Jordan
G. Kain K. Marino
A. Markert, Chair C. Mullaney
S. Sharma



The administration of justice and law in the United States today is as pervasive as the law itself. Accordingly, the mission of the Division of Justice and Law Administration (JLA) is to provide an integration of substantive and practical education in courses of study designed to prepare students for a variety of career choices in law, public service, social systems and private enterprises.

The division has as its primary purposes: A) to enhance the students’ abilities to reason, to communicate in written and verbal form, and to engage in scholarship; B) to fulfill students’ career goals in the areas of the administration of justice, the regulatory, protective or rehabilitative services, or the law-related professions; and C) to assist students in pursuing undergraduate and graduate level education in law, criminology, public administration, rehabilitation services, criminal justice and associated areas.

The Division of JLA offers the bachelor of science degree, a Minor in Justice Administration, and numerous undergraduate elective course offerings.

Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration (B.S.)


General Education 42 semester hours
JLA Core Courses 39 semester hours
JLA Specialty Option Courses 15 semester hours
Electives 24 semester hours
Total 120 semester hours

JLA Core Courses:
MIS 260 Information Systems Concepts
JLA 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice I
JLA 150 Introduction to Criminal Justice II
JLA 200 Writing for Justice Professions
JLA/SOC 201 Criminology
JLA/SOC 205 Juvenile Delinquency
JLA 210 Criminal Law
JLA 240 Commercial Law
JLA 305 Justice and Law Administration I
JLA 310 Justice and Law Administration II
JLA/PS 322 Constitutional Law
JLA 400 Research Methodology in JLA
JLA 405 Research Seminar in Justice & Law Administration

Course Restrictions
For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Justice and Law Administration Options

Corrections, Probation, Parole and Offender Rehabilitation Option (15 SH)


JLA 312 Community Based Corrections
JLA 342 Correctional Counseling and Offender Rehabilitation
JLA 409 Addiction and Crime
Electives: 6 SH of JLA courses approved by JLA adviser

Law Enforcement Option (15 SH)


JLA 212 The Police and Social Order
JLA 300 Management Issues in Law Enforcement (Prereq: JLA 212)
JLA 323 Criminal Procedure and Process
Electives: 6 SH of JLA courses approved by JLA adviser

Legal Studies Option (15 SH)


JLA/WRT 321W Legal Writing, Research, & Analysis
JLA 323 Criminal Procedure and Process
JLA 408 Human Rights: With Liberty and Justice for All
Electives: 6 SH of JLA courses approved by JLA adviser

Paralegal Studies Program (15 SH)

JLA 250 Family Law
JLA/FIN 318 Real Estate Law
JLA/WRT 321W Legal Writing, Research and Analysis
JLA 339 Torts
JLA 340 Wills, Estates, Trusts and Administration

Criminology Option (15 SH)

JLA/SOC 334 Organized Crime
JLA/SOC 336 White Collar Crime
JLA 410 Advanced Criminology

Plus two of the following:

JLA/WS 301 Women and Criminal Justice
JLA 345 Seminar on Violent Crime
JLA 347 Justice Issues in Domestic & International Terrorism
PSY 202 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 309 Social Psychology and the Law
SOC/ANT 330 Social and Cultural Theory

Learning Outcomes

A  JLA  graduate should be able to:

  • Engage in scholarship that is relevant to the options within the  JLA  program
  • Use quantitative, qualitative and critical thinking skills to analyze and propose solutions to practical problems in the areas of law, criminology, rehabilitation services, criminal  justice, and associated  areas.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the areas of written and oral communication

Minor in Division of Justice and Law Administration

To be accepted for the minor, a student must have an overall average of 2.3 or better. An average of 2.3 in all minor courses must be maintained to fulfill the requirements for the minor.


JLA 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice I
JLA 150 Introduction to Criminal Justice ll
JLA/PS 322 Constitutional Law
Three JLA courses selected under the supervision of a JLA adviser

Additional Requirements of the Division of Justice and Law Administration

The Division of JLA is a unit of the ASB, yet because of its division status, it maintains some difference in its requirements from departments of the ASB. All requirements not delineated here are covered under the requirements of the ASB.

Admission to the Division of Justice and Law Administration

JLA adheres to the admission standards/requirements of the ASB.

Good Academic Standing and Graduation Requirement

In order to continue in good standing and graduate from the JLA Division and the ASB, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better.

The Division of JLA adheres strictly to the following policies of the ASB: academic probation and suspension, readmission to the ASB, other academic policies and course loads for full-time students.

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