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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law and Justice, Advanced Professional Specialization, MS

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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 Advanced Professional specialization (45 credits) entails a research project and final research paper (project study). This specialization is aimed at those already in law and justice careers who want to do hands-on research, possibly with their own agency data. The Basic Career Specialization (60 credits), does not entail a major research project; however, it does entail 5 credits of internship and a final portfolio/paper on their internship experience. This specialization is aimed at those not currently in law and justice careers who want to gain valuable learning experience and prepare for a career. To meet the needs of these divergent groups, a core set of classes will be required (25 credits), focusing upon theory, research methods, and legal liability, followed by courses tailored to the needs of these two distinct groups.

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

  1. Apply to CWU as a graduate student;
  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.

Total Core Credits: 25

Advanced Professional Specialization

  • Department-approved 400-level or above elective courses - Credits: (10)

Select from the following - Credits: (10)

Total Credits: 45

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