Projects & Events


Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law & Justice

The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice was established in 2009 by San José State University's Deparment of Justice Studies to honor the memory of Dr. Ann Lucas (1962-2009). Before joining the Department of Justice Studies in 2000, Dr. 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.


Beyond the Books

For the past three years, the Justice Studies 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.



Convocation is a graduation ceremony organized by the Justice Studies Taskforce solely for students within the Department of Justice Studies. Check out their Justice Studies Convocation page for information on the Fall 2019 Department Convocation.


CSI Summer Camp

Experience 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. 


Forensic Science Speaker Series

The Forensic Science Speaker series brings internationally known Forensic Science experts to campus every semester. 


The Record Clearance Project

The San José State University Record Clearance Project (RCP) engages undergraduates in assisting eligible people to clear their criminal records. Beginning 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.