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The criminal justice and criminology field program is designed to enhance the criminal justice academic experience. Students have the opportunity to work in criminal justice-related settings while earning course credits.

How to Sign Up for a Field Placement

  1. Choose your semester for field placement.

    Undergraduate students should enroll in Field Experience Practicum (CRM JST 311). Graduate students should enroll in Independent Reading with Dr. LeBel (CRM JST 999).

  2. Choose an agency.

    Review the list of agencies (PDF) and submit an application with your preferences to the field placement office (Enderis 1125). Fill out the Field Placement Application.

    The deadline to apply for a Spring 2025 field placement is Friday, Oct. 25, 2024. (The deadline to apply for a Fall 2024 criminal justice field placement was Friday, April 26, 2024.)

  3. Attend field placement orientation.

    Information and dates will be mailed to you several weeks before the start of semester. Contact the program coordinator if you did not receive this information.

Arrange your placement with a program coordinator so you receive credit. Students who do not work with a coordinator do not receive credit.
  • Criminal justice and criminology field program preference will be given to declared criminal justice majors and those who apply early.
  • Must have junior standing or above.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must have completed CRM JST 110: Introduction to Criminal Justice.
  • Undergraduate students may take up to six field placement credits at the permission of the department chair.
  • Graduate students are allowed three field placement credits.

CRM JST 311 is a graded course even though there are no class meetings throughout the semester. All of the following will be factors in determining the final grade:

  • Orientation: Although not part of the overall grade, you must attend the orientation meeting and a final meeting during the semester of placement.
  • Daily journal (25%): Details will be provided by the field program project assistant.
  • Final paper (50%): Details will be provided by the field program project assistant.
  • Field supervisor evaluation (25%): Your field supervisor will complete a performance evaluation and submit it directly to the program coordinator at the final meeting.
Tom LeBel, PhD
Associate Professor

Troy Wenzlaff
Project Assistant

Criminal Justice Field Program
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 786
Enderis Hall, Room 1125
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0786

Fax: 414-229-5311

Field Placement Deadlines

Spring 2025
Friday, Oct. 25, 2024

Summer 2025
Friday, Feb. 28, 2025

Fall 2025
Friday, April 25, 2025