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Teaching assistant Christopher Chukwuedo assists a student in the computer lab of the Center for Law and Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice

At the Vanguard of Social Justice Today

In the heart of Newark, the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University–Newark brings together a diverse set of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to social justice, community engagement, and public policy.

#7
Best Colleges for Criminal Justice and Corrections

College Factual: Rankings by Major

Top 10
Graduate schools for criminology

U.S. News & World Report

800+
Undergraduate students
900+
Master’s and PhD degrees awarded to date
Criminal Justice students

Be the Change You Want to See

Students come to learn at the School of Criminal Justice to gain an understanding of the causes and contexts of crime, and the interrelated challenges faced and caused by criminal justice systems. Through a rich, multidisciplinary framework, students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will gain a wealth of relevant knowledge that can be applied in a professional setting to effect change.

Alumni Perspective

“I felt loved here. I felt connected to home. It’s not that different from where I came from.”

Brittany Little SCJ'19

Brittany Little

From Incarcerated to Educated

The New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) is an association of higher education institutions in New Jersey that works in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and State Parole Board. NJ-STEP provides higher education courses for all students under the custody of the State of New Jersey while they are incarcerated and assists in the transition to college life upon their release into the community. The program's goal is for every person in prison who qualifies for college to have an opportunity to take college classes while incarcerated and continue that education upon release.

NJ-STEP program