Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies
The goal of the Jurisprudence, Law, and Justice Studies Program is to provide students with the analytical and empirical foundation to understand how the theory, practice, and meaning of law stimulates civic engagement.
About the Minor
In Hamilton’s Jurisprudence, Law, and Justice Studies Program, students engage in the study of the law through interdisciplinary coursework that emphasizes writing, speaking, and logical reasoning. They engage with the law through studying the Constitution, exploring free-speech issues, examining the psychological formation of attitudes toward lawbreakers, arguing legal cases, reading the writing of imprisoned people, understanding court procedures, and more.
A Sampling of Courses
Justice Laboratory: Internship and Observation
Students will work two 3 hour, half-day periods each week Requires discussion, journaling and a research paper that synthesizes various parts of the Justice Lab.
Explore these select courses:
Meet Our Faculty
Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies
law, stereotyping and prejudice, and evolutionary psychology
Maynard-Knox Professor of Law, Director of Public Policy
public administration, public ethics, and law and society
Edward North Chair of Greek and Greek Literature and Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Director of American Studies
20th-century American literature; the history of the Anglo-American novel; fiction writing; nonfiction writing and prison writing of the U.S., South Africa, and Ireland
Explore Hamilton Stories
A Holistic View of an Alternative Justice System
Students in the two-week Field Study of Criminal Justice Reform and Innovation in Sweden course last June offered an overview of their experiences to an engaged audience of students and faculty.
Tatum Barclay ’22 to Study at Georgetown Law
Tatum Barclay ’22, a soon-to-be Georgetown Law student, has been inspired by the field of law since childhood. “I found my voice through oral speaking,” she recalled, “My passion for advocacy, conversation, and litigation stems from the hardships and triumphs of having dyslexia.”
Crafting Racial Justice Reform
Crafting Criminal Justice Reform in Response to Black Lives Matter, an experiential learning practicum in the government department, is a timely offering in this evolving environment.
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who minored in jurisprudence, law and justice studies courses are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- Government Affairs Assistant, Direct Marketing Association
- Paralegal, Federal Trade Commission
The Justice Lab
Formally started in 2020-21, The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center Justice Lab Program, seeks to pair the theoretical study of the legal system with the practical application of these concepts to dynamic, real world issues.
Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies Program
Keelah Williams, Director
Clinton, NY 13323