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.  

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, October 26, 2020


Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Thursday, October 24, 2019


Saturday, November 7, 2020

In The Press

Across The Country, Voters Approve More Civilian Oversight For Police

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey R. Meares was interviewed on NPR about police reform measures that were approved by communities across the country in last week’s election. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In The Press

Ballots Behind Bars: Voting Presents Challenges In Connecticut Jails


Clinical Lecturer in Law Zal Shroff is quoted, and the Liman Center mentioned, in a WNPR article about outreach to eligible voters currently detained in Connecticut jails.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

In The Press

Solitary Confinement and Mental Illness: It’s Time to Stop the Harm

Crime Report

A study by the Liman Center is cited in a Crime Report article about solitary confinement and mental illness.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

In The Press

The Dystopian Police State the Trump Administration Wants

The New York Times

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory Tracey L. Meares is quoted in a New York Times commentary about possible changes to policing.

Friday, October 16, 2020

In The Press

The Complicated Role Of Black Leaders In Shaping The Criminal Justice System

NPR / Code Switch

J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law Professor James Forman Jr., ’92 speaks with NPR’s Code Switch about Sen. Kamala Harris’s past as a prosecutor and his book Locking Up Our Own.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

In The Press

Can Politics Handle Police Reform in 2020? An Expert Roundtable


Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory Tracey Meares took part in a Politico roundtable discussion about police reform.

Alumni Profiles


Jamelia Morgan

Arthur Liman Fellow at the ACLU National Prison Project

This place has always been imbued with a restless spirit, the assumption that being the finest law school in the world is never enough, and a deep belief that you, our students, can do anything.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law