Criminal Justice Studies Faculty

Ivy M. Kempf, J.D.

Ivy Kempf

Ivy M. Kempf


J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
B.S., West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Subject Areas: Business and Corporate Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing

Professor Ivy M. Kempf, Esq., is a full professor in the Legal Studies Program at Peirce College. She has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey. While attending Rutgers School of Law, Professor Kempf was a Dean's Merit Scholar and participated in Hunter Moot Court. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the E.D. of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Prior to joining Peirce College in 2007, Professor Kempf practiced law in a Corporate and Commercial litigation firm, where she independently managed, counseled and litigated a caseload of over 130 top Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 clients in commercial, contract and business-related matters. Professor Kempf has tried cases in both state and federal court and has had the honor of arguing before the New Jersey Court of Appeals.

Professor Kempf's primary instructional focus areas are: Business and Corporate Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Courts, Professional Ethics, Legal Research and Legal Writing. She teaches in the Paralegal Studies, Legal Studies in Business, and Criminal Justice programs and has designed a vast array of courses in all three programs. Professor Kempf was the co-chair of Peirce College's Writing and Information Literacy Committee from 2011 to 2014. In that role, she was instrumental in the creation and development of the Writing Intensive Program. She maintains strong relationships with local paralegal associations and has presented numerous legal writing workshops at professional conferences.

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    The faculty of Peirce College's Criminal Justice associate and bachelor’s degree programs approach teaching Criminal Justice courses from both a practical and theoretical perspective. Appreciating that the field of Criminal Justice is constantly evolving, our on-campus and online Criminal Justice degree students will engage in a full range of courses that lay the basic foundation of knowledge required to work in the field of criminal justice.

    The faculty has designed the courses to serve to students’ individual interests within the field of criminal law. Students will work directly with faculty members who are practitioners in the criminal justice field and who will prepare them to deal with real-life examples of issues that arise in the field of criminal justice. Our professors will teach you the critical thinking and effective communication skills necessary to successfully negotiate the issues professionals face in the field.

    As they introduce you to the building blocks of criminal justice, the faculty will focus on its three main components: law enforcement, the courts and corrections. Your professors will help you to understand what truly constitutes a criminal offense, how crime is measured and introduce you to the theories of crime causation.

    As you proceed through the program, the faculty will turn its attention toward teaching you the basics of studying crime and crime behavior and the criminal justice system and its related processes. You'll learn about the modern challenges facing those professionals working in the field, but they'll also give you a historical perspective on criminal law and show you how to properly research criminal statistics, studies and reports.

    The faculty will deliver lessons on ethics, the role of technology in the criminal justice system, law enforcement's role in and duty to society as well as the place of private and public security outfits. The advanced courses the faculty teaches deal with topics such as victims, criminal investigations, computer crimes, probation, parole and homeland security. Finally, your capstone professor will foster in you leadership development and put your cumulative criminal justice knowledge to the test through simulations mimicking the daily functions of those working in the criminal justice system and the ethical issues they face.

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