Justice Law & Society

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Department of Justice, Law and Society of American University is located in Washington, D.C. It offers a master of science in justice, law and society from the School of Public Affairs. The justice, law and society program has been rated among the nation's top three justice-related programs in the area of scholarly faculty publications. The program includes study in the areas of philosophical and moral foundations of justice systems, nature and causes of social problems, crime, conflict and injustice in society, analysis of the actual operations of the criminal, juvenile, civil and international justice, and systems and their impact on society. The study areas also include the functioning of legislative and regulatory agencies, laws, public policies and informal mechanisms for dealing with crime, conflict and injustice in society, and resolving problems of justice theories of planning and management for courts, correctional, and law enforcement institutions.