How We Are Involved

About the Program

Yale Law School offers a rich academic experience studying criminal law through many different lenses. In addition to a variety of courses, students can collaborate with faculty on empirical research, work on reform efforts, and gain hands-on experience through work with clinics and student organizations.


Course Offerings

Yale Law Report Feature, 2016

Centers & Programs

Two vibrant centers at the Law School create a myriad of ways for students to get involved in criminal justice reform work that is having a profound impact across the country.

Justice Collaboratory

The Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law

Experiential Learning

Several clinics and student organizations play an important role in introducing students to the state and federal criminal justice systems and affording the students an opportunity to represent individual clients and pursue systemic reforms.  

Beshar/Lehner Gender Violence Clinic

Capital Punishment Clinic

Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic

Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic

Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic

Strategic Advocacy Clinic

Legal Assistance: Reentry Clinic

Prosecution Externship

Monday, October 26, 2020


Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Friday, February 5, 2021

In The Press

‘What Is Going on There Is Gross’: Why Attorneys Are Tracking This Federal Lawsuit

CT Law Tribune

Hope Metcalf, Clinical Lecturer in Law and executive director of the Schell Center for International Human Rights, is mentioned in a Connecticut Law Tribune article about a lawsuit brought by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and partners against the CT Department of Correction.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

In The Press

Disability rights group alleges abuse of people with mental illness at state’s maximum-security prison in suit against Department of Correction

The Hartford Courant

The Hartford Courant reports on a lawsuit brought by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and partners against the CT Department of Correction. 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

In The Press

After The Capitol Attack, Does Police MAGA Sentiment Cross The Line?


Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory Tracey Meares spoke to National Public Radio about Trump-supporting police.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In The Press

Ahead Of Inauguration Day, Capitol Riots Raise Questions About NYPD's Approach To Black Protesters


J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law James Forman, Jr. ’92 is quoted in a Gothamist article about the disparate manner in which New York City police respond to majority Black versus majority white protests.

Monday, January 4, 2021

In The Press

Experts Say The Pandemic Coincided With The Largest One-Year Rise In Homicide Rates

NPR / All Things Considered

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey Meares spoke to NPR’s All Things Considered about reasons for the rise in violent crime during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

In The Press

Homicides and shootings are on the rise nationwide. Boston is no different.

Boston Globe

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory Tracey Meares is quoted in a Boston Globe article about a rise in violent crime in Boston during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alumni Profiles


Mrinal Satish

Associate Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi

It’s incredibly important to defend the rule of law. But it’s also incredibly important that we think beyond the rule of law and how are we going to empower our local communities to ensure that that vision is what our government and our elected representatives are working towards each and every single day.”

Sameer Jaywant

Class of 2018