Dept. of Justice Studies Internship Process Info

Internship Placements

The field placement experience is required for students in the following programs:

Purpose

The purpose of the Internship and Co-operative Education (for PALG minors and Post-BA students) Program is to provide students with a direct experience in their concentrated area. The required classroom seminar complements the internship experience by including pertinent topics such as; discussion of organizational models, conflict resolution, confidentiality, career options, resume writing and interviewing skills, ethical and professional responsibility.

Eligibility & Pre-Requisite Requirements

All Justice Studies Majors must meet the pre-requisite requirements in order to register for the Internship class.  For students who anticipate registering for JUST497 Senior Seminar and Internship, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of JUST200/JUST205 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of JUST201/JUST204 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of JUST300 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completions of JUST310 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of six (6) concentration electives (which include the required concentration electives)
  • Students in the Justice Studies Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students in the Paralegal Studies Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students in the International Justice Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students must have senior status and departmental permission
  • Students must file the application by the designated deadline

All Paralegal Studies Minors and Post-BA Certificate students must meet the pre-requisite requirements in order to register for the Internship class.  For students who anticipate registering for PALG497 Paralegal Seminar and Internship, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of PALG210
  • Completion of PALG312 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of two (2) legal specialty courses
  • Students in the Paralegal Studies Minor and Post-BA Certificate program must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall and in the minor
  • Must have departmental approval
  • Must file the application by the designated deadline

Placement Process

  • The Internship Application can be downloaded from the website or picked-up outside of Dickson Hall, room 351
  • Students must file their application and meet the eligibility requirements by the following DEADLINES:
    March 1st for Fall Semester placement
    February 15th for Summer Semester placement (for JUST497 only)
    October 1st for Spring Semester placement
  • Justice Studies Majors must return their completed application to Ms. Brenda Sheehan, Department Administrator, in Dickson Hall, room 331
  • Paralegal Minors and Post-BA Certificate students must return their completed applications to Prof. Fackina, Paralegal Studies Program Director, in Dickson Hall, room 330
  • After filing the application, wait 5-7 business days, then contact Prof. Raguso to schedule an appointment to discuss placement options

STUDENTS WHO MISS THE ABOVE DEADLINES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER FOR THE INTERNSHIP CLASS OR MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PLACEMENT PROCESS UNTIL THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

Important Factors to Consider

  • Students who file early have the best selection of placement opportunities.
  • Many placements require security clearance that will involve background checks. A prior arrest or conviction may exclude students from certain placements. Please advise the Applied Learning Specialist, Professor Raguso, so that she can work with you to secure an appropriate placement.
  • The minimum credit requirement for all internships is three (3) credit.
    • All internships require 90 hours of fieldwork over the designated semester.
  • Students may secure their own placements with the approval of the Applied Learning Specialist, Prof. Raguso.

ALL STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW THE PROCESS OUTLINED ABOVE. ONLY STUDENTS WHO MEET WITH THE APPLIED LEARNING SPECIALIST AFTER THEY FILE AN APPLICATION WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER.

Contacts:

  • Professor Nicole A. Fackina, Paralegal Studies Program Director, Dickson Hall Room 330.
    Phone: 973-655-7759 or email: fackinan@montclair.edu.
  • Professor Brenda Sheehan, Department Administrator, Dickson Hall Room 331.
    Phone: 973-655-7897 or email: sheehanbr@montclair.edu.
  • Professor Francine C. Raguso, Applied Learning Specialist, Dickson Hall Room 346.
    Phone: 973-655-7702 or email: ragusofr@montclair.edu.