Jeremy Pilaar

Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, and San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project Fellow


Jeremy Pilaar is a Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, and San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) Fellow at Yale Law School. Pilaar’s academic research lies at the intersection of law and political economy, with a focus on employment rights, tax policy, and public education finance. 

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Jeremy Pilaar

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 2018
M.Phil., University of Oxford, 2015
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2012

Courses Taught


  • Local Government in Action
  • Advanced San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project

Jeremy Pilaar is a Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, and San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) Fellow at Yale Law School. As the SFALP Fellow, he oversees the nation’s most innovative local government law clinic. SFALP partners students with lawyers in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office to conceive, develop, and litigate ambitious public interest lawsuits. For more than a decade, SFALP has helped San Francisco combat civil rights violations, protect the environment, and recover millions of dollars for workers and consumers harmed by corporations.

Pilaar’s academic research lies at the intersection of law and political economy, with a focus on employment rights, tax policy, and public education finance. He is particularly interested in how the rise of nonstandard work challenges American fiscal and welfare structures. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Yale Law and Policy Review, the Journal of Law and Policy, the Michigan Law Review Online, and the International Journal of Public Administration.

Pilaar earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review, co-president of the Yale Law Democrats, vice president of the American Constitution Society (ACS), and a research assistant to Professor Daniel Markovits. He was also part of the SFALP team that won a nationwide injunction barring the Trump administration from unlawfully defunding sanctuary cities. In addition to his J.D., Pilaar holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Phil. (distinction) in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford.