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The Center for Justice Reform prepares students in both the masters and professional certificate program to become leaders and advocates in the field of restorative justice at a regional and national level.

Students gain an in-depth understanding of the history of restorative justice domestically, internationally, and cross culturally. Restorative Justice courses combine concepts of theory and practices for students to apply in different areas of work.

Our alumni are utilizing restorative justice in a variety of work settings, some of which include:

  • Restorative Justice Centers
  • Attorney General’s Office
  • Youth/Adult Diversion Programs
  • California Certified Organic Farmers
  • Police Reform
  • Prison Reform and Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Research Coordinators
  • State Legislature
  • Department of Corrections
  • Innocence Project
  • Social Work
  • Domestic/Sexual Violence agencies
  • Community Development/Organizing


"My vision, is for a system that is more collectively geared towards the betterment of society communities, individuals, the families; everybody."

– Emily Severson MARJ'19, Mitigation Specialist, Public Defenders Office

"My focus is on creating those relationships in the community, educating them about restorative practices, building that capacity with partnerships to be able to provide a program outside the legal system."

–Delinda Passas MARJ'20


Visit the Vermont Law School blog to learn how these CJR graduates leveraged their degrees to jumpstart careers in restorative justice and policy.

MARJ Graduate now working in Colorado

Mitigation Specialist, Public Defenders Office