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

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, August 03, 2020


In The Press

How the rise of anti-crime politics caused lasting harm to Black Americans

J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law James Forman was interviewed by City Metric about current crime trends, and the effect of policing policies on the Black community. 

 

Monday, August 03, 2020


In The Press

How Police Compare in Different Democracies

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey L. Meares is quoted in an article in the Council on Foreign Relations that examines policing in America in comparison to other advanced democracies. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


1:08:00

Friday, February 7, 2020


2:38

Thursday, October 24, 2019


18:43

Thursday, October 3, 2019


1:01:26

Monday, October 29, 2018


44:40

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


In The Press

The Breonna Taylor Settlement Is Part of the Solution — A Commentary by Stephen Carter ’79

Bloomberg.com

Stephen L. Carter ’79 is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


In The Press

It’s Too Hard to Sue the Bosses of Bad Cops — A Commentary by Stephen Carter ’79

Bloomberg.com

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, August 14, 2020


In The Press

Elizabeth Alexander’s Fierce Vision of Social Justice

The Wall Street Journal

The Million Book Project, Professor of Law Elizabeth Hinton, and Reginald Dwayne Betts ’16 are mentioned in a Wall Street Journal story about Elizabeth Alexander’s initiatives at the Mellon Foundation.

Thursday, August 6, 2020


In The Press

Freedom libraries designed to liberate the minds of prisoners

MPR News

Million Book Project Director Dwayne Betts ’16 speaks with Minnesota Public Radio about the project and the curation of books.

Monday, August 3, 2020


In The Press

How the rise of anti-crime politics caused lasting harm to Black Americans

J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law James Forman was interviewed by City Metric about current crime trends, and the effect of policing policies on the Black community. 

 

Monday, August 3, 2020


In The Press

How Police Compare in Different Democracies

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey L. Meares is quoted in an article in the Council on Foreign Relations that examines policing in America in comparison to other advanced democracies.

 

Alumni Profiles


'96

Rebecca Tarango

Assistant District Attorney, El Paso County District Attorney's Office, El Paso, TX

We, as lawyers, can be builders too. We can use our tools to build a society in which every member of the new generation can celebrate her graduation — not only with joy but with well-founded hope for the future.”


Professor Anne L. Alstott

Class of 1987, 2013 Commencement Address