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

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, May 18, 2021


Tuesday, May 04, 2021


In The Press

The Case For Moving Beyond Probation, And How To Do It — A Commentary by Fiona Doherty ’99

The Appeal

Fiona Doherty is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, October 26, 2020


2:48

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


1:08:00

Friday, February 7, 2020


2:38

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


59:57

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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021


In The Press

The History And Cycle Of Police Violence In America

GBH

Professor of Law Elizabeth Hinton discusses her new book America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s.

Sunday, May 30, 2021


In The Press

How Qualified Immunity Would Have Protected the Tulsa Mob — A Commentary by Stephen L. Carter ’79

Bloomberg

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

Alumni Profiles


’04

Nola Heller

Chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York

It’s incredibly important to defend the rule of law. But it’s also incredibly important that we think beyond the rule of law and how are we going to empower our local communities to ensure that that vision is what our government and our elected representatives are working towards each and every single day.”


Sameer Jaywant

Class of 2018