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Conveniently taught at the Chicago Police Academy, DePaul College of Law’s Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Criminal Law offers police officers, lieutenants and captains a challenging two-year curriculum. This master's degree program is especially designed for law enforcement professionals. It is ideal for those who are not seeking to practice law but who regularly encounter legal issues in their work. MJ students develop a more sophisticated understanding of the law and develop problem-solving skills that can help them in their current and future positions.
Members of the Chicago Police Department are eligible for the tuition reimbursement program offered through the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and City of Chicago. Students are responsible for applying for tuition reimbursement each semester in accordance with the tuition reimbursement plan.
If you are not eligible for 100% tuition reimbursement by your employer, DePaul also provides Chicago FOP members with a 25% tuition discount for the onsite MJ program at the Chicago Police Academy.
As a result, FOP members who earn an “A” could have their tuition fully covered— with 75% tuition reimbursement from the City of Chicago and a 25% tuition discount from DePaul University. This discount cannot be used in combination with other university aid.
This 30-credit hour degree program can be completed at the Police Academy in two years of part-time study. All applicants with at least one year of on-the-job experience as a police officer will qualify for a waiver of up to six credit hours, for a total degree requirement of 24 credit hours.
Continuing your education in a familiar and comfortable setting at the Police Academy, will also give you access to DePaul student resources, such as the library, for you to utilize at your convenience.
Our two-year program sessions begins in the Fall and is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the Fall and Spring semesters.
All MJ degree applicants are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent from a university authorized to confer such a degree by the country in which it is located.
Fall Semester, 2021Law 322: Introduction to American Law & Legal Systems Law 506: Criminal Law
Spring Semester, 2022Law 465: Introduction to Legal Writing & Research Law 562: Criminal Procedure for Police Professionals
Fall Semester, 2022Law 465: Criminal Procedure II: Adjudication Law 377: Policing in the 21st Century: Law, Compliance & Technology
Spring Semester, 2023Law 410: Evidence Law 376: Policing Special Communities
“One of the most impressive aspects of the DePaul MJ program is the caliber of instructors they have brought in. We are learning from seasoned professionals who have worked for and alongside various law enforcement agencies, including CPD. They are understanding of the demands of police work and challenge us in meaningful, thought-provoking ways. The coursework is applicable to everyday work on the job, whether you’re on patrol, in the detective division or in a supervisory role.”
Officer Incandela, LCSW
"My ultimate career goal within the Chicago Police Department is to become a Detective. It is my belief that this Master Of Jurisprudence through DePaul's law school will help me realize that particular goal as well as generally improve my Law and Law Enforcement expertise. Having received my bachelor’s degree from DePaul, I know the value and esteem that comes with a DePaul education and I look forward to successfully completing this program."
DePaul carefully selects only experienced and engaging instructors to teach in the program who understand the nuances of the job, and classes are taught through the lens of contemporary policing. The following have taught in the program:
Rachel Koch comes to the law after twenty years of experience teaching both young people and adults in New Mexico, Chicago, and Ecuador. Ms. Koch attended DePaul University College of Law, where she was a Sullivan Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute and a research assistant to the late Professor Emeritus M. Cherif Bassiouni. She also attended programs abroad in Costa Rica and Italy, focusing on International Law. After working in solo and private practices representing clients in at all stages of litigation in family law, immigration, criminal defense, civil forfeiture, civil and administrative cases, she currently works as an Assistant Public Defender of Cook County, in the Child Protection Conflicts Division, where she represents parents when the state petitions to take their children from their care. She is also an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law where she has taught Education Law and Policy in the Law School and Evidence to the Master of Jurisprudence students through the Fraternal Order of Police program. She also works as a lecturer for ApexCLE, a private CLE company and volunteers assisting in immigration matters.
Eric Leafblad has been a Cook County assistant state’s attorney since 1995 and currently serves as a deputy supervisor in the Criminal Appeals Division. There, he supervises 60 appellate prosecutors in the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and The Supreme Court of the United States. He recently was appointed director of the Continuing Legal Education and Training Department for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In addition to teaching for the MJ program, he also teaches at UIC John Marshall Law School’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.
Tina Lewis has been an attorney for 18 years, working primarily with indigent defendants. She began her legal career with the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago and subsequently began work as a trial attorney in both Kane and Cook Counties. Currently, Ms. Lewis represents indigent clients in Juvenile Delinquency, but has worked with adults in Felony, Domestic Violence, and Child Protection courts.
Ms. Lewis worked as a Legislative Assistant for members of Congress before attending the University of Colorado School of Law. At the University of Colorado, she received numerous commendations including the faculty selected Irving P. Andrews Award for her service to the legal community. In the Spring 2020 semester, Ms. Lewis became an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law, teaching Criminal Evidence through the Masters of Jurisprudence program.
Patrick Morley has been a Cook County assistant state’s attorney since January 2000, where he is assigned as the Deputy Supervisor of the Gun Crime Strategy and Violent Crime Investigation Unit. He was previously assigned to the Gang and Complex Homicide Unit, the Cold Case Homicide Unit, and the Complex Narcotics Litigation Unit. Morley is a former seven-year member of the Chicago Police Department, serving as a patrolman and sergeant. In addition to teaching at the Police Academy for the DePaul MJ program, he also is an adjunct faculty member for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, Purdue Global University and Governors State University, and he has trained police officers from around the Chicago area since 2002 for North-East Multi Regional Training (NEMRT).
Allen Moye is an associate professor of law at DePaul and director of the Rinn Law Library. As director, he is responsible for the financial management and quality of library services and research support offered to faculty, students, alumni and other patrons of the library. At the College of Law, he teaches Advanced Legal Research, and for the MJ in Criminal Law, he teaches Introduction to American Law & Legal Systems.
Justice Jack O’Malley teaches Criminal Law for the MJ program. He began his career as a Chicago police officer. While working full time, he attended law school at Cornell University and the University of Chicago. After graduating from law school, he served as assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago. He later worked as a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn and as general counsel for a subsidiary of G.E. Medical Systems. His public service career includes two terms as the Cook County State’s Attorney and a 10-year term on the Illinois Appellate Court.