Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Martin Luther King, Jr

Welcome to UIC Criminology, Law, & Justice

The Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice is a thriving academic community of scholars, teachers and students who are dedicated to studying all aspects of crime and justice as well as societal reactions to both. We examine the social, cultural and political forces that shape the definitions and content of criminal law and influence policy choices about how to respond to particular crime problems. Further, we study the individual, social and structural forces that influence criminal behavior and examine the functioning of crime control systems. The members of our faculty are well-published leaders in their fields, and are dedicated to providing the best education possible to our undergraduate and graduate students.

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The UIC Criminology, Law, and Justice degree program prepares graduates for a broad range of professional roles in the criminal justice system while also serving as entry to graduate programs of criminal justice and other related fields.

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The UIC Criminology, Law and Justice Department offers a truly unique opportunity for graduate study. We seek to provide a stimulating atmosphere for scholarly debates, research initiatives, and pedagogical investigations.