Because the Justice Studies curriculum examines issues of justice, injustice and social harm, it provides an excellent introduction to key issues and concepts that are used by lawyers, and is a logical stepping stone for students who plan to go on to law school. It is also the case that seven members of the Justice Studies faculty have law degrees:
- Dr. Shelley Bannister, Esq.
- Professor Audrey Natcone, Esq.
- Professor Deberah Bernstein, Esq.
- Professor Jackie Campbell, Esq.
- Professor Maurice McFarlin, Esq.
- Professor Theresa Amato, Esq.
- Professor Edward Voci, Esq.
These faculty teach many of the Justice Studies elective courses that can help you prepare to attend law school, or help you score better on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)--the standardized exam students must take just before applying to law school.
NOTE: Students planning on attending law school will want to take the LSAT in the summer or fall prior to the fall in which they wish to be enrolled in law school. If you are considering law school as a possibility, it is recommended that you contact David Nissim-Sabbat, Coordinator in the College of Arts & Sciences, as soon as possible. He is Northeastern's pre-law advisor, whose job is to help you be successful in gaining admission to law school. Check out his very informative web page, and then contact him by email at D-NissimSabat@neiu.edu, or by phone at (773) 442-5706 to discuss your plans for law school.
We also suggest joining NEIU's Pre-Law Society, which is focused on helping students learn about the practice of law and the process of getting into law school. It frequently hosts presentations by law schools and talks by practicing attorneys. Members also meet to learn how best to prepare to take the LSAT. The Pre-Law Society meets regularly on Tuesdays during Northeastern's activity hour. Mr. Nissim-Sabbat is the society's advisor.
The following Justice Studies elective courses may be helpful in preparing for the LSAT examination, and for applying to attend law school:
- JUST 309: Portrayal of Crime in the Media
- JUST 311: Women, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
- JUST 313: Prisons and Jails
- JUST 314: Police and the Minority Community
- JUST 316: Crime, Violence and Culture
- JUST 317: White Collar Crime and Elite Deviance
- JUST 318: Gangs in Chicago
- JUST 319: Latinos/as and the Criminal Justice System
- JUST 321: Violence Against Women
- JUST 322: Women, Justice and the Law
- JUST 324: Women as Political Prisoners
- JUST 326: Juvenile Justice System
- JUST 329: Politics of Punishment
- JUST 330: Legal Research and Bibliography in Criminal Law
- JUST 331: Law and Racism in America
- JUST 333: Community Law
- JUST 334: Criminal Law and Procedure
- JUST 335: Legal Process I
- JUST 336: Mostmodern Law and Criminology
- JUST 340: Sociology of Law
- JUST 355: LGBTQ Communities and Crime
- JUST 364: Terrorism in Media and Law