Jul 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law and Justice Department

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College of the Sciences
Farrell Hall, room 309
CWU-Des Moines (D)
CWU-Lynnwood (L)
Mail Stop 7580
Fax: 509-963-3205

See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Paul Knepper, PhD

University Center Coordinator
Krystal Noga-Styron, JD

Paul Knepper, PhD, theoretical criminology, history of crime, crime prevention
Rodrigo Murataya, PhD, criminal investigation, police-community relations, police personnel administration
Krystal Noga-Styron, JD, criminal law, crime and the media
J. Michael Olivero, PhD, corrections, criminology
Charles Reasons, PhD, LLB, criminology, criminal justice, law, comparative justice

Associate Professors
Teresa Francis, JD, LLM, criminal law, correctional law
Cody Stoddard, PhD, policing, courts, criminological theory, quantitative methods

Assistant Professors
Veronica Cano, PhD, research methods, community and social justice, juvenile justice
Roger Schaefer, PhD, corrections, research methods, criminal justice policy

Senior Lecturer
Robert Wes Clogston, MS, law enforcement, comparative criminal justice, police personnel administration

Saul Chacon, MA, corrections, policing
R. Shaffer Claridge, JD, civil practice, courts and trails, legal writing, legal research
Robert Moore, MA, corrections, correctional counseling

Karina Mendoza-Flores, office assistant
Dalton Neiffer, BA, internship coordinator
Emily Veitia, MS, secretary supervisor

Program Description
The MS degree in law and justice is designed to serve two distinct groups (1) those in law and justice field with professional experience and (2) those without professional experience who aspire to a law and justice career. The program offers two options, both of which are 60 credits. Of these 60 credits, 28 credits are in the core courses (7 mandatory courses) and another 28 are from seminar electives. Option A is geared towards the working professional; it entails taking 56 credits worth of courses plus a four credit capstone course where the final culminating experience is a written exam with an oral defense. This option is aimed at those who are looking for a career in criminal justice. Option B also includes 56 credits of courses but has a thesis or research project as the culminating experience. This option is primarily for those interested in continuing on and doing doctoral work.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Law and Justice Program must:

  1. Apply to the School of Graduate Studies at CWU;
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences from a recognized four-year college or university in the U.S. or the equivalent from an institution abroad, or a bachelor’s degree and professional experience;
  3. At least a 3.0 GPA in all coursework attempted during the last 90-quarter (60 semesters) hours of study;
  4. Summit three professional letters of recommendation; and
  5. Submit personal statement of objectives.


    Master of Science (M.S.)


      Law and Justice (LAJ)

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