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Law and Criminal Justice Summer Institute (CJSI)
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice College Now Program’s Law and Criminal Justice Summer Institute (CJSI) is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of the American criminal justice system. Through classroom instruction, guest lectures and hands-on activities students learn about the historical and contemporary workings of our criminal justice in practice. Students will also identify potential career pathways and learn how to acquire the necessary training and educational credentials required for entry into specific criminal justice occupations. The overall objectives of the CJSI are to:

  • Educate students about the challenges and responsibilities of criminal justice work;
  • Enhance student interest in public service careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, and public administration;
  • Assist the student in developing an individualized educational plan aimed at degree acquisition;
  • Encourage students to pursue college-level educational training in criminal justice leading to public service careers;
  • Increase students’ awareness of the many educational programming opportunities offered through John Jay based and CUNY-wide educational programming.

Program Activities
The CJSI is a free summer program housed at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for 20-25 NYC public high school students. The institute will meet over five-weeks from Monday, July 8th thru Thursday, August 8th, four days each week (Mondays - Thursdays) from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM each day.  Enrollment is open to rising 11th and 12th grade NYC public high school students who meet academic eligibility requirements. Successful students earn 3 college-credits upon satisfactory completion of the program.

The five-week program will include the following activities:

Classroom Instruction: Monday thru Thursday - 9:30 AM – 12:00 noon:  Each day, morning sessions will be comprised of classroom instruction in the 3-credit Introduction to Criminal Justice course. The overall goal of the course is to introduce students to the institutional framework through which criminal justice is dispensed and provide a foundational understanding of the American criminal justice system.

Criminal Law Workshop – Law-In-Focus Seminar: Monday/Wednesday- 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM:  Each week, two-afternoon workshop sessions will allow students to engage in an informed and critical discussion of contemporary issues in criminal justice practice. Students also benefit from the real world experiences of criminal justice professionals from federal and local law enforcement agencies and the courts. Seminar topics will include:          

  • Stop and Frisk
  • The 4th Amendment
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • The Rights of the Accused
  • Defense Function
  • The Prosecutorial Function
  • Federal Law enforcement
  • Corrections

Criminal Law Workshop – Mock Trial: Tuesday/Thursday- 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM: two-afternoon sessions each week will work through several mock trial scenarios. The scenarios are designed to be fun, engaging and to teach the rudiments of the criminal trial procedure. Students play various roles in each case scenario including jurors, witnesses, bailiff, defense counsel, prosecutor, and defendant. Youth Mentor/Coaches lead teams in preparation for in-class competitions.