Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate students of criminal justice, as well as juris doctorate.
To join the society, the student must have completed one-third of their total hours required for graduation and must be recommended by the chapter advisor, Professor Johnson
Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale, and 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale in criminal justice courses. The student must also rank in the top 35% of their classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. The Honor Society is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor. Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in both criminal justice courses and overall courses, on a 4.0 scale. Graduate students must have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. Members pay a one-time $50.00 fee, $40.00 for national dues and $10.00 for local chapter. For a membership application click here. For further information please contact the chapter advisor.
P.A.D.'s Pre-Law Program resulted from extensive P.A.D. sponsored research and surveys which demonstrated that no national organization was effectively addressing the needs of pre-law students. When the results of P.A.D.'s research were presented to law students, attorneys, and judges on the floor of the 1980 P.A.D. International Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, it was decided that Phi Alpha Delta would accept the challenge to better equip pre-law students for the rigors of law school and the legal profession. The fundamental objective of P.A.D.'s Pre-Law Program is to assist undergraduate students to make an "informed choice" in selecting law as a career, deciding which law school to attend, and in preparing for the rigors of law school. Phi Alpha Delta remains the only Law Fraternity and the only national legal organization of any kind with a national Pre-Law Program committed to meeting the needs of undergraduate students interested in the law.
The UWF Mock Trial Team allows students from all majors to participate in undergraduate mock trial competitions as part of AMTA, the American Mock Trial Association (Website: collegemocktrial.org). As part of this group, students must prepare cases for trial by developing opening statements, witness testimony, and closing arguments. Students compete against other undergraduate students in trial competitions across the country. The UWF team has won numerous awards over the last several years. The Mock Trial Team helps students develop critical thinking skills, public speaking skills, and knowledge of the rules of evidence. This is an invaluable experience for students who are interested in working in the legal system as lawyers, witnesses, or paralegals. For further information please contact team coach Professor Kimberly Tatum
Pensacola — CJSA is a group of students on campus from all degree fields that share an interest in the criminal justice system. We hold monthly meetings, participate in events both on and off campus, perform community service, and go on trips to further expand our knowledge and experiences with the many facets of the American legal system. We also bring in guest speakers to give members an opportunity to learn about specific professions and ask questions to agents/officers from different agencies and areas of law. In short, if you intend to pursue a career in criminal justice or simply find the legal system interesting the CJSA is the group that can help you learn and achieve your goals. For further information please contact the faculty advisor.
Emerald Coast — The Emerald Coast Criminal Justice Student Organization provides students with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of criminal justice, prepare for a career through professional development, give back to the community, and build contacts in the criminal justice field through socializing and networking. The organization is open to all UWF students. Best of all, it doesn't cost anything to join! Our two primary events for the year are the spring career fair to be held at the Fort Walton Beach campus and participation in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Throughout the year, we collect used printer/toner cartridges and recycle them as a fundraiser for the Relay. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)