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, December 02, 2019

In The Press

This Man Should Not Be Executed — A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

The American Scholar

Lincoln Caplan is Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Thursday, October 3, 2019


Monday, October 29, 2018


Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Saturday, December 14, 2019

In The Press

10 years. 179 arrests. No white defendants. DEA tactics face scrutiny in New York.

Washington Post

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is quoted in a Washington Post article about how DEA tactics may target minorities.

Monday, December 2, 2019

In The Press

This Man Should Not Be Executed — A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan

The American Scholar

Lincoln Caplan is Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

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.

Alumni Profiles

Matthew Axelrod

Matthew Axelrod

Partner, Linklaters; formerly Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General

In their first semester, all entering students are required to take four courses, one of which must be taken in a small group of 15 or 16 students. Immediately every student in the class has the opportunity to develop a close relationship with one of their four teachers.”

Anthony Kronman

Class of 1975, Sterling Professor of Law and Former Dean