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400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7580

Phone: (509) 963-3219

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Department of Law and Justice

Welcome to the Department of Law and Justice. This page is dedicated to current and prospective Law and Justice students.

While here you can learn about our programs, careers, professors, classes, and

just about anything and everything you could ever want to know about the

Law and Justice department, located on the 3rd floor of Farrell Hall.

 *If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney. The Law and Justice Department is an academic entity only


The Law & Justice Department would like to send our condolences to the family of Officer Jordan Jackson.  We thank him for his selfless service to the community of Bellevue, WA and are proud to call him a CWU Alum.


CWU Law and Justice Objective

If you would like to support the Law and Justice Department, we are accepting donations for the Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund and the Law and Justice Department Fund. To give your donation please click on the "Give to COTS" green tab on the upper left side of your screen, go to "other," and enter Law and Justice.

CWU is an EE/AA/Title IX Institution.  For Accommodation email

Front Office Hours

 please email: or call: (509) 963-3219

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.






Law & Justice 2023 Winter Schedule




Law & Justice Awards & Scholarships

 Student of the Year in Law and Justice - Taylor Sanford 2021-22

Ben and Nancy Remak Scholarship - Anthony Matthias 2022-23

Ryan Thompson Memorial Scholarship - Brenda Pulido 2022-23

Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship - Jazmin Santiago 2022-23

Outstanding Graduating Student (Eastside) - America Sanchez 2021-22

Outstanding Graduating Student (Westside) - Houda Ettayeby 2021-22

Outstanding Alumni (Eastside) - Brigit Clary 2021-22

Outstanding Alumni (Westside) Breanne Speas 2021-22

Nelson K. Ng Inspirational Award - Priscilla Perez 2021-22


Points of Pride

                                                                                                                                                       Congratulations to Brianne Drury! - Passed the State of Idaho Bar Exam (LAJ Alumni)                                                                                                                                


Law & Justice SOURCE 2022

Field Placement Program

Earn Law and Justice elective credits for your major while receiving firsthand experience in your field of interest!

Visit our Field Placement Program page for more information

Law and Justice 4+1 Program for Master of Science Degree

The Department of Law and Justice allows high-performing undergraduate students to begin the Master of Science degree program during their senior year of undergraduate studies. This special allowance is known as the 4+1 program. 

Students who want to earn a Master of Science degree through the 4+1 program can learn more information by viewing our LAJ 4+1 Program document.


Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowment Scholarship 

Central Washington University Alumni Association Board of Directors, along with members of the CWU Campus Police department have established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of alumnus and former CWU police officer Ryan Thompson, who was killed in the line of duty as a Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy.

The Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship will provide financial aid to students attending CWU who are pursuing a career in law enforcement—with a preference given to students who are themselves dependents of law enforcement personnel.

“We felt it was very important for Ryan’s memory and legacy to be preserved in perpetuity here at Central,” said CWU Alumni Association President Dan Nicklaus. “Not only for the person that he was but also for the example of leadership and service that he will continue to be for CWU students for decades to come.”

“Ryan was a friend, colleague, and an important part of the CWU and greater Kittitas County community,” said CWU Campus Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch. “We are delighted to partner with the CWU Alumni Association to make sure his contributions and sacrifice are never forgotten.”

To give to the Ryan Thomson Memorial Endowed Scholarship, a donation can be made by simply clicking on the green "Give To COTS" tab on the upper left side of this webpage. 

Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,


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