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Practicum

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

Career Paths

Comprehensive Guide to Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs 
An In-Depth Look Into a Paralegal Education
Law Degree Program Information


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.

Comprehensive Guide to Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/criminal-justice-programs/
An In-Depth Look Into a Paralegal Education: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/paralegal-programs/
Law Degree Program Information: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/law-schools/