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Faculty in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology are leading scholars in the fields of criminal justice, criminology, terrorism, law and society, among other areas.

Located in Washington, D.C., the School of Public Affairs' Department of Justice, Law & Criminology offers courses of study at the doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate levels, including master's and PhD programs in Justice, Law and Criminology.

Through SPA’s Justice Programs Office, JLC faculty scholarship is shared with the AU and Washington communities, and across the nation.

Recent News

Lynn Addington Crime Dataset Conference

JLC Professor Lynn Addington Hosts Conference on Complex Crime Datasets

On February 5-6, Associate Professor Lynn Addington hosted a conference of scholars and practitioners to discuss the challenges of working with complex crime datasets. Read more »

2015 Mock Trial Teams Advance to ORCS

Mock Trial Teams Advance to Opening Round of National Championships

Teams A and B are on their way to the opening round of the Mock Trial National Championships following a successful set of performances at the regional tournaments. Read more »

Thomas Zeitzoff

#SPA80for80: Professor Thomas Zeitzoff

Thomas Zeitzoff’s studies have taken him to some of the world’s most entrenched conflicts, including Israel, Mexico, and Turkey. Read more »

Lynn Addington

#SPA80for80: Professor Lynn Addington

Lynn Addington, professor of justice, law and criminology, is now one of the nation’s foremost experts in crime measurement. Read More »

Morgan Walton and Professor Palmer

#SPA80for80: Morgan Walton, SPA/MS ’14 and Professor Jane Palmer, SPA/PhD ’13

Morgan Walton, SPA/MS ’14, and Jane Palmer, SPA/PhD '13, professorial lecturer worked together on an article documenting the national legal support frameworks for sexual assault victims. Read more »

Barbara Romzek Wins Gaus Award

An Indelible Mark

SPA Dean Barbara Romzek accepts the prestigious John Gaus Award. Read more »

Professor Jon Gould

Jon Gould to Join National Science Foundation

Gould will join the National Science Foundation as a visiting director of its Law and Social Sciences Program. Read More »

JLC in the Media

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with Huffington Post on January 30 about the slow progress in jury selection for trials centered around the attacks in Aurora, CO and Boston, MA.

Thomas Zeitzoff, assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology, co-authored an op-ed for Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" examining the use of social media as a “liberation technology” for learning important information about foreign policy issues.

Jon Gould, professor of justice, law, and criminology, spoke with The Crime Report for an article uncovering the mass of wrongful convictions for lesser crimes that miss the headlines.