By Irene Maslowski
Seton Hall University (, one of the country’s leading Catholic universities, is offering high school students an opportunity to step into the world of criminal justice and law enforcement this summer. 
The Criminal Justice Institute, a one-week program taking place August 6-10, is part of the University’s Summer Sessions program and is designed for students who are interested in learning about the various roles, functions, and career opportunities in law enforcement and the courts and corrections systems.
The program will include field trips to a police academy and state prison and participants will have an opportunity to meet with various presenters including experienced educators, law enforcement officials and a forensic scientist who will present practical applications and discuss the CSI Effect.
The Criminal Justice Institute will be directed by John M. Paitakes, Ph.D., a Senior Faculty Associate in the Seton Hall University Criminal Justice Program. Dr. Paitakes’ areas of expertise are in probation, parole, corrections, and juvenile delinquency. Dr. Paitakes is the recipient of the Jack A. Mark Award for contributions to the Criminal Justice Discipline and Education in New Jersey awarded by the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators.
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One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. 
With more than 60 rigorous academic programs, and schools singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek, Seton Hall exemplifies academic excellence.  A student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 20 provide a truly supportive educational environment; students enjoy hands-on guidance from a world-class faculty that includes Fulbright scholars, leading researchers, industry leaders, and former ambassadors. Dozens of Seton Hall students have been chosen for highly selective national and international awards in recent years, including Rhodes, Fulbright, Pickering, and Udall scholarships.
Seton Hall offers superior opportunities for career development before and after graduation. More than 75 percent of students participate in an internship, practicum or clinical program to gain professional experience; the university also boasts a career-related job placement rate 10 to 15 percent above the national average and an international alumni network more than 70,000 strong.
The university combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers.