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.  

Advanced Sentencing Clinic

Beshar/Lehner Gender Violence Clinic

Capital Punishment Clinic

Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic

Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic

Legal Assistance: Reentry Clinic

Prosecution Externship

Green Haven Prison Project


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In The Press

Obama-Era Policing Proposals Find Some Success, but Ambitious Ideas Are Slow-Moving

Wall Street Journal

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey Meares is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the recommendations made by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In The Press

As COVID-19 Spreads In Prisons, Lockdowns Spark Fear Of More Solitary Confinement

National Public Radio

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is quoted in a National Public Radio report on how measures against COVID-19 within prisons are leading to an increase in solitary confinement.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Thursday, October 24, 2019


Thursday, October 3, 2019


Monday, October 29, 2018


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In The Press

Reform Expert Approved For Police Commission

New Haven Independent

The New Haven Independent reports that Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory Tracey Meares has been appointed to the New Haven Board of Police Commissioners.

Monday, July 6, 2020

In The Press

Police Training, Satellite Crowding, The Glass Cliff

BYU Radio / Top of Mind

Caroline Sarnoff, Executive Director of The Justice Collaboratory speaks with BYU Radio podcast Top of Mind with Julie Rose about procedural justice training for police officers.

Monday, July 6, 2020

In The Press

Into Resuming Federal Executions

NBC News / Into America Podcast

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara was a guest on the NBC News “Into America” podcast where she discussed the death penalty.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

In The Press

COVID-19 No Excuse for Ignoring Rights of the Incarcerated: Paper

The Crime Report

The Crime Report discusses a paper authored by Athur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik about how judges have – and should continue – to impact prisoners’ rights.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In The Press

How Overpoliced Communities Become Politically Engaged

Niskanen Center Podcast

Justice Collaboratory member Professor Vesla Weaver (Johns Hopkins University) speaks with The Niskanen Center's podcast about The Portals Project, which finds that people in overpoliced neighborhoods have complicated attitudes toward police.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In The Press

Think racial segregation is over? Here’s how the police still enforce it.

The Washington Post

Associate Professor of Law Monica C. Bell speaks with The Washington Post about her new paper “Anti-Segregation Policing” and discusses some of the ways in which policing helps perpetuate residential segregation.

Alumni Profiles


Mrinal Satish

Associate Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi

Yale Law School is about as perfect as a true and serious interdisciplinary hub for the law-related social sciences and humanities as one could possibly imagine.”

Professor Taisu Zhang

Class of 2008