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Criminal Law offered onsite at the Chicago Police Academy

Conveniently taught at the Chicago Police Academy, DePaul University College of Law’s Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Criminal Law offers police officers, lieutenants and captains a challenging two-year curriculum. This advanced degree program was designed with extensive input from police officers and Police Academy teaching faculty. It is ideal for police professionals who are not seeking to practice law, but who regularly encounter legal issues in their work or would benefit from a sophisticated understanding of legal knowledge and problem-solving skills.

The DePaul Advantage

Tuition Assistance

By joining the MJ program, you are eligible for your tuition reimbursement program through the City of Chicago. You are responsible for applying for tuition reimbursement each quarter in accordance with the City of Chicago’s tuition reimbursement plan.

DePaul will provide a 25% tuition discount for onsite degree programs at the Police Academy. As a result, FOP members utilizing tuition reimbursement, who earn an “A” could have their tuition fully covered -- with the 75% tuition reimbursement from the City of Chicago and the 25% tuition discount from DePaul University. This discount cannot be used in combination with other university aid.

Flexible Schedule

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 August 2018, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Degree Requirements

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, 2018
Law 322: Introduction to American Law and Legal Systems
Law 506: Criminal Law

Spring Semester, 2019
Law 556: Introduction to Legal Writing and Research
Law 518: Criminal Procedure I: Investigation

Fall Semester, 2019
Law 465: Criminal Procedure II: Adjudication
Law 377: Policing in the 21st Century: Law, Compliance, and Technology

Spring Semester, 2020
Law 410: Evidence
Law 376: Policing Special Communities

Meet Our Students

Officer Luther Haynes

"Serving the community has always been important to me. That's why I became a Chicago police officer. Because I wanted to be the best officer I could be, I enrolled in DePaul Law's MJ program in criminal law. Their curriculum gives me a clearer understanding of the laws I enforce and helps prepare me for the future of policing. I would highly recommend this program to anyone in law enforcement looking to further their education."

Officer Luther Haynes
District Intelligence Coordinator and School Liaison Officer, 007th District Station, Chicago Police Department.

Officer Hodges

"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."

Officer Hodges

Program Faculty

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:

Justice Jack O’Malley is a visiting professor of law at DePaul who teaches Criminal Law. 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 partner in litigation at Winston & Strawn and as general counsel for a subsidiary of G.E. Medical Systems. His public service career includes two terms as state’s attorney of Cook County and a 10-year term on the Illinois Appellate Court.

"I'm proud to be part of this great DePaul/FOP program offering police officers practical and in depth educational courses geared to their careers. It is an honor to be back in the Academy--this time as an instructor."

Allen Moye is a member of the DePaul College of Law faculty and serves as 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 law library. He teaches Advanced Legal Research at DePaul University College of Law. At the Police Academy, he teaches Introduction to American Law and Legal Systems for the MJ program.

"While police officers enforce the law, they may not necessarily be aware of how the laws come into existence, or are administered in a legal setting. My goal is to provide an overall understanding of American law and the legal system that can help in taking their careers to the next level. We get very creative in class, using videos, games and mock scenarios to help humanize case law. These students bring so much into the classroom as their unique backgrounds make for eye-opening discourse on the legal issues of the day."

Eric Leafblad has been an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office since 1995 and currently serves as a Deputy Supervisor in the Criminal Appeals Division. He supervises sixty appellate prosecutors who prosecute Cook County appeals in the Illinois First Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court and The United States Supreme Court. 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 at the Police Academy for the DePaul College of Law Master of Jurisprudence in Criminal Law, he also teaches at John Marshall Law School’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.

"This has been my favorite course I have ever taught. The Officers are motivated and engaged learners. The class discussions of the concepts and cases have been interesting and thought provoking."

Christopher Grohman is a partner at Duane Morris who practices in the areas of white-collar criminal defense. Before that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. He has taught Introduction to Legal Research and Writing at DePaul University College of Law.
Meghan Stack has been a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois for over ten years. She currently serves as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, and previously served as Deputy Chief in the Narcotics and Gangs and Financial Crimes section. She has taught Criminal RICO Prosecutions for Northwestern University School of Law.

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