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.

Faculty

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

Friday, September 24, 2021


Wednesday, July 07, 2021


In The Press

‘My Concern Is Precedent’: Mixed Responses to DOC Promise to End Solitary Confinement

Boston Globe

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik comments in a news report on a move by Massachusetts to end the use of solitary confinement. The report cites research by the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


policing clinic in session

The Policing, Law, and Policy Clinic seeks to translate leading theory and empirical evidence on policing reform into actionable policies aimed at transforming policing and public safety.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


Wednesday, September 29, 2021


Attica exhibition poster

A new exhibit at the Lillian Goldman Law Library chronicles some of the responses to the Attica prison uprising of 1971, prompted by its 50th anniversary.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021


Reginald Dwayne Betts ’16, is Director of Freedom Reads, which aims to give incarcerated people access to the power of literature. Credit John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Tuesday, August 24, 2021


Clyde Meikle and CMIC

Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic members and their client Clyde Meikle celebrate Meikle’s graduation from Wesleyan University. From left are Felisha Miles ’21, Katherine Zhang ’20, Meikle, Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara, Eli Feasley ’21, and Frankie Hedgepeth ’22.

Monday, November 22, 2021


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Friday, September 24, 2021


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Monday, October 26, 2020


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020


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Thursday, November 18, 2021


In The Press

Police Commissioner, Ex-Cop Alder-Elect Call For National Search For Next Police Chief

New Haven Independent

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor and Founding Director of the Justice Collaboratory Tracey Meares comments on the selection process for the New Haven Chief of Police.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


In The Press

YLS Liman Center Members Testify on Solitary Confinement in Pennsylvania

Yale Daily News

The Yale Daily News reported on testimony given by Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik before the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee on the use of solitary confinement. Liman Center Director Jenny Carroll is quoted, and Liman Center clinical fellow Skylar Albertson ’18, Sarita Benesch ’23, and Wynne Graham ’22 are mentioned.

Friday, July 16, 2021


In The Press

Police Officers Treat Black and White Men Differently. You Can Hear It in Their Tone of Voice

Los Angeles Times

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor Tracey L. Meares comments on a study showing differences in how police talk to Black and white drivers.

Thursday, July 15, 2021


In The Press

James Forman Jr. on The Drug War in a Black Community

Psychoactive

J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law James Forman Jr. ’92 discusses on a podcast his book Locking Up Our Own and his experience as a public defender in Washington, D.C. in the 1990s.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021


In The Press

‘My Concern Is Precedent’: Mixed Responses to DOC Promise to End Solitary Confinement

Boston Globe

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik comments in a news report on a move by Massachusetts to end the use of solitary confinement. The report cites research by the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


In The Press

Hate-Crime Laws Don’t Work as Their Supporters Intended

The Atlantic

Research by Macklin Fleming Professor of Law Tom R. Tyler and the Justice Collaboratory are cited.

Alumni Profiles


’04

Nola Heller

An Assistant U.S. Attorney on Being a Prosecutor

Yale Law School prepared me for a lifelong career in public interest and social justice work through its academic excellence, hands-on clinical practice, and expansive student-led leadership opportunities.”


Lourdes Rivera ’90

Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights