Academic Departments

Department of Justice Studies

Linda Bucci, J.D.

Chair of Justice Studies; Professor of Legal Studies

Office: Plummer House

Tel: 617-243-2237


The Justice Studies Department offers courses in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Political Science. The majors are Criminal Justice, Law and Public Affairs, Legal Studies, a Pre-Law Advising program, and minors in Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Legal Studies, and Political Science.

Two minors are offered in conjunction with the Social Sciences department: Forensic Studies and Youth and Crime, and a minor in Law and Business offered in conjunction with the Business department. The Justice Studies Department takes a liberal arts approach to each discipline, strongly incorporating the Connected Learning philosophy of the College.

Each major culminates in the senior year with a year-long Capstone Experience. The Capstone Experience includes both a full year Justice Studies Internship and Senior Seminar class. Students complete internships in courts, police agencies, corrections, law firms, governmental agencies, and youth service organizations to name a few. The program in each major prepares each student to succeed in public affairs careers, including careers in criminal justice, public policy or legal studies; the program also prepares students to continue their justice studies at the graduate level or law school. The Justice Studies Department has established the Theta Ro Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Phi. The Pre-Law Advising Program provides advising assistance for students considering law school. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies or Law and Public Affairs.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Lasell College is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education under the Guidelines for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Academic Programs.