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You're Invited - Don't Be the Missing Piece!

Justice Studies Department Showcase and Dinner, October 16, 2015, 5:00-9:00 PM, Student Union Ballroom

Join us for an evening of fun and games as we honor our past, showcase our present, and celebrate our accomplishments.

The theme will be student success. Faculty and students will be showcasing Justice Studies programs, there will be a photo booth, games, puzzles, good food, and great wine. The program will share stories of current students and recent graduates, introduce scholarship honorees, name the next Distinguished Alumni winner, and confer the Janet L. Hagemann Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Department. 

When: Friday, October 16, 2015

Time5:00 PM Reception and games (cash bar); 7:00 PM Dinner and program

Where: The SJSU Student Union Ballroom 

Tickets: $100 each, $750 to purchase a table of 8 

Credit cards, Click here (please be patient with the website, we are required to use it, but do not manage it)

Pay by check with this form, Click here, or call 408-924-2180

RSVP by Tuesday, October 13, 2015 to purchase on site.


police school student with puzzle overlayRED WINE BRAISED SHORT RIBS (Beef), Red Wine Braised Short Ribs served with Chef's Choice of Starch & Seasonal Vegetable

TEQUILA LIME CHICKEN, Tequila and Lime Marinated Chicken Breast, served with Chef's Choice of Starch & Seasonal Vegetable

MAPLE GLAZED SALMON, Maple Mustard Grilled Salmon with Chef's Choice of Starch & Seasonal Vegetable.

Revenue from this event is being dedicated to Student Success. A current priority for the Department is to raise enough money via donations to create a student success endowment (goal: $25,000). This endowment will generate interest income to fund needs for students who are going above and beyond classroom instruction. If you cannot attend our event, but want to help, please consider being an event sponsor, or just make a donation. Just visit our emarket website to contribute by credit card as a sponsor or donor ( or send a check made out to "Justice Studies - Student Success Fund" to this address:

Department of Justice Studies
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0050

Sign Ups for the Fall 2015 JS Convocation are open!

The Fall 2015 convocation will take place on December 13 in Morris Dailey Auditorium from 2:00-4:00pm. Graduates interested in participating need to sign up by November 13. Click here to sign up. Ticket Sales begin November 1st, please visit for more information.


We are looking for a student who would like to give a brief, about 2 minutes; talk during the program. We are looking for someone who can convey to attendees what it is like to navigate college and come out with a degree, and to bring a sense of accomplishment to their fellow graduates.

If you are interesting, please submit a draft of comments to Dr. James Lee, chair of justice studies, by Nov 6. A faculty selection committee will notify those who will be speaking by Nov. 16.

CASA Fall Welcome - Ice Cream Social

Students enjoyed free ice cream while learning about what the College of Applied Sciences and Arts offered. Justice Studies was well represented and we had plenty of people come stop by to learn about what we do and get their questions answered.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 - Class of 3 million

picture of the class of 2015Family and guests enjoyed a wonderful ceremony in the packed Student Union Ballroom. Faculty were in attendance to show their support to our students. Our guest speaker was Santa Cruz Chief probation officer, Fernando Giraldo, an alum of San Jose State. To view the program and to see photos from the event, please click here.


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Legendary Coach Receives Honorary Degree

Educator and former De La Salle High School head footbal coach Bob Ladouceur received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at commencement. Bob Ladouceur was a graduate of our very own Criminal Justice program, Class of 1977. Bob Ladouceur was the subject of the movie, When the Game Stands Tall, and an inductee of the SJSU Spartan Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. (link to article)


Iota Chapter Honored at National Conference

"Each year APS Iota Chapter works to meet the APS goals of Academic Excellence, Leadership, Unity and Service. We were honored this year at the APS National Conference!" Congratulations Iota Chapter on all your hard work!!!

Student Paper Awards: Jose Flores 1st Place, Laura Diaz 3rd Place; Topic Specific Test: Melanie Donsawath 2nd Place; Chapter Advisor Award; Chapter Awards: Outstanding Chapter Goals, Human Trafficking Theme, Website (thanks to Maria Nido) and Yearbook!  


JS Merchandise!!

Justice Studies merchandise is available through our Justice Studies Marketplace E-Store (click here). Visit the website to see all of the great products that are now available. Please note that merchandise will not be sold in the JS Department. All purchases must be made through the E-Store.

Check out our new Justice Studies Mug, Crime Scene Lanyard and JS Decals!!!

Record Clearance Project

The SJSU Record Clearance Project provides undergraduates with an unparalleled opportunity to use their education to change lives.  Students prepare court papers seeking expungement on behalf of their clients and attend the hearings where judges decide the cases.  Students review clients’ next steps for expungement in individual “Speed Screening” interviews.  Students give presentations explaining expungement law to community groups, including to people in jail.  They partner with Columbia Law School students visiting on Alternative Spring Break; they team with RCP mentors to assist people leaving jail with moving forward with their lives.

This award-winning program benefits clients, families and communities as clients gain increased opportunities for jobs, housing, student loans, foster parenting, and other more intangible benefits such as increased confidence and sense of potential.