Beyond the classroom

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Practicum and internships

The public justice practicum course gives students a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience in an occupation of interest, to make professional contacts, and to prepare for their future careers locally and nationally. During practicum, students relate theory they have learned in their course work to the way things "really work" in the field.

Past placements have included:

  • United States Customs
  • Onondaga County District Attorney Office
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • United States Marshals Service
  • Forensic Medical Services
  • New York State Police

Learn more about practicum

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Public Justice Club

The Public Justice Club was founded to bond students who share common goals and interests, encourage students to learn more about public agencies and the community, and to explore ways to serve our community. The club has a variety of different events and activities planned, including guest speakers, ride-alongs, and trips to jails and prisons. The club is always looking for new members and new activities!

We meet bi-weekly and are currently only accepting students who are public justice majors or minors. Contact faculty advisor Dr. Margaret Schmuhl for more information. We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Peer advisors

Upper division level students who have demonstrated good academic performance, maturity,  and dependability are selected to be Peer Advisors.  Peer Advisors provide valuable assistance to the department, individual faculty members, and Public Justice students.  They receive 3 upper division level credits for the semester that count towards the degree requirements.  They maintain office hours in the department's Peer Advisor office in Room 449 Mahar and are available on a walk-in basis to assist students with advisement issues, course selection, and answer questions or concerns that students may have.  Peer Advisors receive training by the Advisement Coordinator to perform this role.

Academic

Alpha Delta Omega Honor Society

Alpha Delta Omega honor society in public justice is an open, democratic organization of individuals committed to academic excellence and to the ideal of justice, fairness, freedom, and equality for all people in all aspects of society. We strive to honor public justice students who have a record of outstanding academic achievement, promote academic and scholarly interests, and achieve social justice and improve the human condition.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Declared public justice major or second major
  2. Junior or senior status
  3. Completion of at least 30 semester hours at SUNY Oswego
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better
  5. Completion of at least four public justice courses (core and elective) prior to induction with a PBJ GPA of 3.0 or better
  6. Full- or part-time status at time of induction
  7. Intention to continue in some area of the field of public justice (either further education or occupation/career)

Induction

  1. Eligible students will be invited to join each spring semester.
  2. Students who wish to join must complete their acceptance response on the provided webform.
  3. Inductees will receive a membership certificate, attend a reception in their honor (during spring semester), and receive honor cords to wear at graduation.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut, 458 Mahar Hall, 315.312.3403

Scholarships and awards

Raymond Joseph Stastny Memorial Scholarship - $500
This award honors the memory of Raymond Joseph Stastny, a 1978 SUNY Oswego graduate with a degree in public justice, who became an outstanding agent with the U.S. Justice Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and lost his life in the line of duty. The award will be given to an outstanding student majoring in public justice and aspiring toward a career in law enforcement.

To qualify for this award, a student must:

  • Be a declared public justice major or second major
  • Be a full-time student
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of their selection
  • Participate in intramural or intercollegiate athletics
  • Be planning to pursue a career in law enforcement
  • Submit a brief narrative describing career goals, financial need, special achievements (academic, athletic, community, etc.)

If you are interested in being considered for this award, complete this application form.

The Luciano J. Iorizzo Scholarship Award - $400
Named to honor Professor Emeritus Luciano J. Iorizzo, first chairman of the Department of Public Justice, this scholarship will be awarded to a deserving public justice senior who has demonstrated above average academic performance.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the following requirements must be met by the end of the first semester of the junior year:

  • Declared public justice major or second major.
  • Junior standing at time of application.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of selection.
  • Public justice GPA of 3.2 (required and elective PJ courses).
  • Demonstrated financial need.

If you are interested in being considered for this award, complete this form.

Dave A. Ingram, Esq. Memorial Scholarship - $500
Established by Roger Manning in memory of the lifelong work, mentoring and dedication of attorney David A. Ingram, Esq., a strong advocate of legal education. This scholarship has been established to encourage advanced legal education in the field of social justice/public interest law, including disability, public welfare, health care, environmental, or Federal Indian law.

To qualify for this award, a student must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time, junior year student (completed 57-86 credits, including transfer credits, by deadline) in good academic standing;
  • Demonstrate academic abilities, personal experience and career goals to continue his/her legal education in social justice/public interest law, possibly as a viable candidate for law school admission or related graduate level legal education;
  • Complete an essay demonstrating your interest in and commitment to social justice and/or public interest law.

If you are interested in being considered for this award, complete this form.

Outstanding Senior In Public Justice
Given to a graduating senior with a major or second major in public justice in recognition of superior academic performance and service to the college and the community.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Graduating senior
  • Major or second major in public justice
  • Grade point average (cum GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Service to the college and the community

Students can be nominated (by either faculty or students) or may apply directly. Each applicant must submit a letter of application, transcript, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. The award winner will receive a framed certificate and engraved plaque. The award will be presented at Honors Convocation.

Outstanding Senior in Public Justice (Law Enforcement)
Given to a graduating senior with a major or second major in public justice with an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Selection will be on the basis of academic achievement and service to the college and the community.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Graduating senior
  • Major or double major in public justice
  • Interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement
  • Grade point average (cum GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Service to the college and the community

Students can be nominated (by either faculty or students) or may apply directly. Each applicant must submit a letter of application, transcript, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed by a screening committee. The award winner will receive a plaque donated by the Fraternal Order of Police. The award will be presented at Honors Convocation.