Muneer I. Ahmad

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, Clinical Professor of Law, and Director, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization


Muneer Ahmad is Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, a Clinical Professor of Law, and the Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. He co-teaches in the Transnational Development Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC). In WIRAC, he and his students represent individuals, groups and organizations in both litigation and non-litigation matters related to immigration, immigrants’ rights, and labor, and intersections among them.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996

A.B., Harvard University, 1993

Courses Taught


  • Transnational Development Clinic
  • Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic
  • Refugee and Immigration Law, Policy and Practice in Crisis

Muneer Ahmad is Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, a Clinical Professor of Law, and the Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. He co-teaches in the Transnational Development Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC). In WIRAC, he and his students represent individuals, groups and organizations in both litigation and non-litigation matters related to immigration, immigrants’ rights, and labor, and intersections among them. He has represented immigrants in a range of labor, immigration, and trafficking cases, and for three years represented a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay; he has written on these and related topics. In the Transnational Development Clinic, Professor Ahmad and his students work on projects designed to identify productive sites for intervention for U.S.-based lawyers in global poverty work. This has included work regarding the rights of street vendors in India, the barriers faced by immigrant communities in sending remittances to their home countries, access to essential medicines, institutional accountability among international financial institutions, and advocacy on behalf of workers displaced by changes in trade policy. His scholarship examines the intersections of immigration, race, and citizenship in both legal theory and legal practice. Previously, he was Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at American in 2001, he was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. He clerked for the Hon. William K. Sessions III in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Is it ever OK to ask children to translate for their parents in emergency situations?

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is quoted in an article about whether children should be used as interpreters in emergency situations.

Friday, March 17, 2017


American courts are tackling Islamophobia – why won’t Europeans?—A Commentary by Muneer I. Ahmad

Muneer Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, February 24, 2017


U.S. List of Those Detained for Trump’s Travel Ban Is Called Incomplete

Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad and Rebecca Heller ’10 are quoted in an article on efforts to obtain information about those detained and or deported in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Challenging the Refugee and Muslim Ban

A story about how Yale Law students, faculty, and alumni mobilized to fight the presidential executive order on immigration manning certain refugees and immigrants from the U.S.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


See Something Say Something

Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad was interviewed about legal efforts in response to President Trump’s executive order on refugees.

Monday, January 30, 2017


Liberal Lawyers Plan Wave of Resistance to Trump Policies

A story on the WIRAC students’ efforts to stop deportations in the wake of President Trump’s executive order. Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 and Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad are also mentioned.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


What Are 'Sanctuary Cities?'

Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is quoted in an article about sanctuary cities.

Monday, November 21, 2016


What a Trump Crackdown on Muslims Might Look Like

Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is quoted in an article about a possible Muslim registry under the new administration. Kris Kobach ’95, Kansas Secretary of State and Trump advisor, is mentioned.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


It’s Time for the United Nations to Compensate Haiti for Its Cholera Disaster—A Commentary by Muneer I. Ahmad and Alice M. Miller

Muneer I. Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law and Alice M. Miller is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law and the Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Both Targets Of Discrimination, How To Unite Muslims And LGBT Community

Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is interviewed about ways in which to unite the LGBT and Muslim communities.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Gay Pride, Ramadan, and Solidarity After Orlando—A Commentary by Muneer I. Ahmad

Muneer Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Panel Discusses Successes and Failures of International Response in Haiti

Panelists discussed the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and what lessons could be learned from those experiences for future global crisis response at an event at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic Receives Award from South Asian Bar Association

The South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut presented its 2014 Community Service Award to the Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic on October 28 in Hartford.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


YLS 2014 Commencement: Graduates Encouraged to Use Law to Work Toward an Imagined Future—PHOTOS, SPEECHES, VIDEO

More than 200 graduates of Yale Law School participated in commencement ceremonies on Monday afternoon at the William K. Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, joined by a celebratory crowd of more than 1400 people, including friends, family, and Law School faculty.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


New Clinic Focuses on Global Poverty Lawyering

The new Transnational Development Clinic at Yale Law School is tackling important issues such as street vendor rights, remittances, and assistance to displaced workers.

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Monday, November 15, 2010


Students Hear Arizona Immigration Case Argued Live, Thanks to Ninth Circuit Video Initiative

Yale Law School is taking part in an educational initiative that enables students to watch live streaming video of oral arguments heard before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Muneer I. Ahmad Appointed Clinical Professor of Law

Muneer I. Ahmad, professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law and a specialist in immigration law and international human rights, will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2009, as a clinical professor of law.