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

Liman colloquium attendees

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

Thursday, October 27, 2022

A group of panelists seated at a table before a blank screen, rows of audience members in theater seating

The symposium Incarceration and Imagination explored writing inside and outside of prison walls.

Thursday, November 3, 2022


Thursday, November 3, 2022


Friday, October 14, 2022


Friday, October 14, 2022


Thursday, September 15, 2022


Thursday, September 15, 2022


Friday, November 18, 2022

In The Press

Why Slavery as a Punishment for Crime Was Just on the Ballot in Some States

PBS News Hour

Clinical Professor of Law Claudia Flores comments on the use of prison labor in the U.S. in light of state ballot measures that would outlaw slavery as a legal punishment for crime.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

In The Press

What Critics of Progressive Prosecution Get Wrong About Crime Spikes and the Reform Movement


J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law James Forman Jr. ’92 comments in an analysis of the progressive prosecutor movement.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

In The Press

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Let's Give Connecticut Survivors A Chance At Fair Sentences — A Commentary By Elizabeth Clarke ’23 and Ali Fraerman ’23

Elizabeth Clarke and Ali Fraerman are members of the Yale Law School class of 2023.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

In The Press

The Strange History and Impact of Broken Windows — A Commentary by Tracey L. Meares

Vital City

Tracey L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and a Founding Director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

In The Press

Why a Question About Slavery Is Now on the Ballot in 5 States

The New York Times

Clinical Professor of Law Claudia Flores comments on ballot measures in five states that would ban slavery or involuntary servitude as punishment.

Friday, September 30, 2022

In The Press

California Governor Vetoes Limits on Solitary Confinement

Al Jazeera

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik comments on the decline in the use of solitary confinement in prisons nationally. The story also cites a report co-authored by the Liman Center on the number of people in solitary confinement in the United States.

Alumni Profiles

Alphonse Simon headshot

Alphonse Simon

Using the Law to Uplift Families

At Yale Law School, we think hard about law, with freedom to challenge basic assumptions embedded within our legal institutions and to construct new frameworks.”

Monica Bell

Class of 2009, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology