Admissions : Undergraduate Degree Programs

Justice & Law Administration

Why study Justice & Law Administration at WCSU? 
The largest program at the Ancell School of Business, the JLA program has a long and proud history of turning out graduates with a wide variety of career options before them. The Division has 11 diverse full-time faculty who are life-long industry professionals and scholars knowing to integrate theory with practical experience to help students meet their goals. JLA typically offers 50-60 courses each semester, catering to a diverse body of students who seek to enter the varied fields of law and justice. Courses emphasize the instructional methods of critical thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning while focusing on the skills such as analysis, synthesis, problem recognition, and communication. Our graduates work in law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels, the legal profession, corrections services, social service agencies, private security, education and myriad other professions.

JLA plays a critical role in today’s world.

Justice and Law Administration grads work in careers that are critical to the success or our civil society. Our major courses and our four options in law enforcement, corrections, criminology, and legal studies, provide a broad base of knowledge for future justice professionals.

Your Western JLA degree leads . . . to careers in law, public service, social systems and private enterprise.

Graduates from the WCSU JLA program pursue careers in fields such as federal, state and local law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole departments, other offender rehabilitation careers, public administration, paralegal work, private security, and fraud investigation. The JLA program also provides a solid foundation to pursue further studies in law school and other graduate schools.

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:

  1. to enhance the students’ abilities to reason, to communicate in written and verbal form, and to engage in scholarship;
  2. 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
  3. to assist students in pursuing undergraduate and graduate level education in law, criminology, public administration, rehabilitation services, criminal justice and associated areas.

A JLA graduate should be able to:

  1. Engage in scholarship that is relevant to the options within the JLA program
  2. 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.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the areas of written and oral communication

For more information on previous JLA cohorts, please see the following documents:

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