Restorative Justice Project

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative justice is both an end and a means to achieving a harmonious society. And where harmony cannot be restored because it has never been, restorative justice is a tool for discovering that harmony can exist in the community. Restorative justice techniques work on a personal level, as well as societal level.

The Restorative Justice Project

UIC John Marshall’s Restorative Justice Project (RJP) trains law students in restorative justice techniques, so that they become better lawyers. Students evaluate existing case law and statutes in light of restorative justice principles. Judges, attorneys, and other peacemakers offer their perspectives. The students go to the community where they observe court proceedings and visit a jail or prison so they can compare retributive to restorative justice approaches in actual practice. The students then put what they have learned and observed into effect by working with high school and elementary students in a neighborhood school environment.

Restorative Justice Courses

The Restorative Justice Project provides students with an overview of restorative justice concepts and how they can be applied in specific areas of the law, including the treatment of persons who have been convicted of crimes, the mentally ill, drug and alcohol abusers, and juvenile offenders. Students are taught effective techniques on how to interview and counsel both victims and perpetrators. When appropriate, outside lecturers are invited to discuss subject areas requiring specialized knowledge and skill. The courses are taught by Professor Michael P. Seng and Hon. Sheila Murphy (Ret.).

Students engaging with the Restorative Justice Project for the first time must enroll in Basic Restorative Justice and must register for both the class and placement components. Students who have previously taken Basic Restorative Justice can register for Advanced Restorative Justice.

Basic Restorative Justice

Advanced Restorative Justice

Credit earned in Restorative Justice Placement (TADR 477, 1 Credit) and Advanced Restorative Justice (TADR 478, 1-4 Credits) counts toward the maximum 6 credits of experiential education JD students can complete for their JD degree.

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