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The Center invites OHIO undergraduate students to apply for the Certificate in Law, Justice & Culture.

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Students from all majors are invited to apply!

The certificate program brings together interdisciplinary coursework from Anthropology, Criminology, History, Interdisciplinary Arts, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and other departments to provide students with intellectual training in a "law and society" perspective. It also provides opportunities for faculty mentoring through research projects, internships, study abroad, and career guidance.

Enrollment in the certificate program is a competitive process modeled after selection for law and graduate schools. Students with an overall GPA of 3.4 or above are eligible for 25 slots per year. During the fall application cycle, students are asked to submit a statement of intent as well as a current transcript. Those who do not meet the GPA requirement may submit an optional essay explaining their qualifications.

Once accepted into the program, LJC students enroll in LJC 2000: Core Course in Law, Justice & Culture, offered annually in the spring. They are required to take at least one LJC elective course outside of their major to ensure that they are exposed to interdisciplinary perspectives. As they proceed through the certificate coursework, LJC students participate in the intellectual life of the Center and engage in practice-oriented learning opportunities such as internships and research projects, all dealing with issues such as democratic governance, social justice, and human rights.

The program will be appropriate for students who plan to pursue professions in law, rights advocacy, justice administration, public policy, government, nonprofit organizations, and academic research and teaching. 

Required courses
POLS 2200 The Politics of Law
SOC 2600 Criminal Justice
LJC 2000 Core Course for Certificate in Law, Justice & Culture.

Elective courses
Students must take 9 hours from the following list of courses that address law's formative and constitutive role in cultural, political, and social life. The three advanced courses must be distributed across two different major programs, with at least one course outside the student's major(s).

ANTH 4620 Human Rights, Law and Justice
ANTH 3530 Anthropology of Violence and Peace
COMS 4604 Responsibilities and Freedom of Speech in Communication
HIST 3520 Roman Law & Society
PHIL 4420 Philosophy of Law
POLS 4010 American Constitutional Law
POLS 4015 Constitutional Politics
POLS 4210 The Politics of Law and Sexuality
POLS 4550 International Law
POLS 4555 Transitional Justice
POLS 4565 International Human Rights
POLS 4751 Critical Race Theory
POLS 4752 The Politics of Intersectionality
POLS 4753 American Whiteness
POLS 4770 Legal Theory and Social Problems
SOC 3600 Criminology
SOC 3630 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 3640 Police and Society
SOC 3650 Sociology of Mental Illness
SOC 3660 Punishment and Society
SOC 4620 Sociology of the Courts
SOC 4640 Law in Societies
SOC 4680 Crimes Against Humanity
SW 3602 Social Welfare Policy


“The center gives undergraduates like myself the guidance we need to specialize in areas that truly interest us.  It allows us to receive a unique undergraduate education that puts us a step ahead in law or graduate school.”

Nora Fakhri
Class of 2010



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