Projects & Events



Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law & Justice - The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice was established in 2009 by the Justice Studies Department at San José State University to honor the memory of Dr. Ann Lucas (1962-2009). Before joining the Department in 2000, Ann Lucas earned her J.D. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her internationally recognized research focused on issues of gender inequality, domestic violence, prostitution, and drugs.

The Record Clearance Project - The San José State University (SJSU) Record Clearance Project (RCP) engages undergraduates in assisting eligible people to clear their criminal records.  Begun in January 2008, each semester the work culminates in a court hearing where a judge considers the petitions that SJSU undergraduates prepare on behalf of their clients. 

Beyond the Books - For the past three years, the JS Task Force has hosted six Beyond the Books career panels. Professional in the field are invited to speak to students regarding how they obtained their career, what their job is really like, and provide advice to students interested in that field. In addition to the panel and Q&A, there is an opportunity for students to meet the presenters. Each semester has a different theme, past events covered topics such as: Probation, Law and Order, Policing, Federal Law Enforcement, After the Crime (What happens after a homicide?), and Critters in Criminal Justice. These are great informational events and provide an opportunity for students to make contacts for possible employment and/or internships!

Forensic Science Speaker Series - Our speaker series brings internationally known experts in forensic science to campus every semester.

CSI Summer CampExperience crime scene investigation and forensic science with actual experts in the field as you learn the secrets of how CSIs uncover hidden evidence, careful observation and collection of evidence, detection and interpretation of fingerprints, blood stain patterns, DNA, report writing, and ethics and court testimony in this one week, hands-on intensive camp at San José State University.

ConvocationJustice Studies students organize and sponsor a both a Fall and Spring Convocation.  The convocation in Morris Dailey Auditorium with the cooperation of the faculty and staff of the Justice Studies Department.