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


Monday, October 29, 2018


Monday, January 8, 2018


Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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.

Monday, August 12, 2019

In The Press

Resuming Federal Executions Unlikely to Affect Military Death Row

Stars and Stripes

Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law Eugene R. Fidell is quoted about the impact of resuming federal capital punishment on the military justice system.

Friday, August 9, 2019

In The Press

The Trump Administration’s Execution Plan is a Disservice to America — A Commentary by Miriam Gohara


Miriam Gohara is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

In The Press

Death Penalty Questionable as a Deterrent to Mass Killing

The Associated Press

Clinical Associate Professor Miriam Gohara is quoted in an article about the death penalty as punishment for mass shootings.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

In The Press

War Crimes Related Case Tossed Against SEAL Platoon Leader

The Associated Press

Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law Eugene Fidell is quoted in a news story about the dismissal of charges in a Navy case.

Alumni Profiles


Mrinal Satish

Associate Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi

You have an obligation to serve, by virtue of the privilege, opportunity, and talent that you have. You have an obligation to serve, in your way, at some point in time, in your career.”

Gina Raimondo ’98

Governor of Rhode Island, 2015 Commencement Address