The Department of Justice Studies strives to provide students with excellence in undergraduate and graduates studies. The interdisciplinary Justice Studies major consists of a 15-credit core requirement that emphasizes theory, research and practice. It is different from a criminal justice major available at many other academic institutions in New Jersey. The core liberal arts curriculum and field-specific concentrations offer a wider interdisciplinary course of study to meet new professional challenges in the justice and legal systems. In addition, the core is enhanced by concentration electives in one of three areas: International Justice, Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies. The department also offers minors in five dynamic areas: Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Justice & Families, Paralegal Studies, and Social Justice. Graduate students may pursue the American Bar Association (ABA) approved Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Studies Certificate. This program is an appropriate course of study for entry-level preparation into the legal environment.
With the exception of giving legal advice, making court appearances and setting fees, a paralegal may carry out many tasks. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.