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


November 18 Monday
November 20 Wednesday


Re-imagining Jury Duty & Bail Reform in the 21st Century

Dwight Hall - 67 High Street, New Haven, CT

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Thursday, October 24, 2019


Thursday, October 3, 2019


Monday, October 29, 2018


Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Friday, November 15, 2019

In The Press

Sense of ‘hopelessness’ rises among Alabama prisoners as new rules, leadership changes, limit opportunities for parole

The Appeal

Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization Fiona Doherty ’99 is quoted in an article in The Appeal about new rules around parole in Alabama.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

In The Press

The Supreme Court Needs to Change the Way It Thinks About Justice for Children — A Commentary by Gideon Yaffe


Gideon Yaffe is the Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

In The Press

Community Policing


WSHU covers a study of New Haven's community policing policy, a field experiment funded in part by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

In The Press

Second Circuit Green-Lights NAACP Lawsuit Over ‘Prisoner Gerrymandering’ reports that a lawsuit filed by the NAACP over prison gerrymandering in Connecticut can move ahead. The plaintiffs are represented in part by the Peter Gruber Rule of Law Clinic. Clinic director and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 and Alaa Chaker ’20 are mentioned.

Friday, August 30, 2019

In The Press

The brain, the criminal and the courts

Knowable Magazine

Research by Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence Gideon Yaffe about neuroscience and the law is mentioned in Knowable Magazine.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

In The Press

Obamas, Policing, and Gun Violence

Martha’s Vineyard Times

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey L. Meares covers various topics in this profile, including a project on gun violence with Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy Abbe R. Gluck ’00.

Alumni Profiles

’88 LLM

Janis McDonald

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative

The breadth and depth of public interest opportunities at Yale Law School are incredible, and the unique curriculum allows us to dive in as first-year students.”

Stephanie Kim

Class of 2014