Tony Perriello, J.D., Program Director, Associate Professor
With a focus on social justice and the flexibility to follow your passions, Champlain's Criminal Justice program will immerse you in the field's full range of possibilities—from policy reform to local law enforcement operations.
You won't find a better qualified faculty to guide the criminal justice professionals of tomorrow. We have instructors who have been elected and appointed to important Vermont state positions, have practiced law as prosecutors, taught at the Vermont Police Academy, and even served on an international war crimes tribunal. They teach you what they've learned on the job, giving you valuable insight.
You'll learn by doing, starting in your first semester. Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll take a variety of criminal justice courses in your first year. This early learning allows you to accomplish more in the field during your internships, giving you greater depth and breadth of experience.
Write weekly memos proposing solutions to modern investigative, legal, and ethical dilemmas. Participate in mock trials and suppression motions under the guidance of real trial judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Design your own alternative criminal justice approach over the course of a semester. Through our Prison Law Initiative, you can even teach current prison inmates how to do legal research and writing. Your courses will give you direct experience that will serve you well in your career.
Enter your field with confidence that's backed by experience and expertise.
JUST THE FACTS
The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year in its "America's Best Colleges" 2020 ranking of universities in the North.
91% of 2019 graduates are either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.
WHAT SETS US APART
Our unique program gives students of criminal justice an education that prepares them for 21st-century policing and criminal justice careers. At Champlain College, we offer courses in social justice, restorative justice, as well as an internship in which students work with criminal justice faculty to teach legal research skills to inmates in Vermont prisons. Today's criminal justice students can choose from a wide range of careers in the field, including law enforcement, cybercrime, court work, corrections, and restorative justice.
Because you'll follow an in-depth curriculum in the Criminal Justice major starting in your first semester, you'll soon be qualified for the kinds of law enforcement, cybercrime, criminal and social justice internships that many students take on in their final years of college. Students often come away from internships with a new career plan (and sometimes even full-time job offers).
As a Criminal Justice major, your cultural understanding, flexibility, and adaptability are absolutely essential skills—and each will be significantly enhanced by a semester abroad. Whether through a third-party program (go almost anywhere in the world!) or a Champlain Abroad campus in Dublin or Montreal (your financial aid comes with you!) we encourage students to embark on a semester of global exploration.
The best aim of the criminal justice system is to provide protection and justice for those most vulnerable and least able to pay for it. It is time to accept the challenge of creating a relevant, beneficial, anti-racist criminal justice program, and criminal justice system.
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