Students in the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic (CJAC) represent individuals and organizations affected by the criminal legal system. The clinic docket consists of a mix of policy and community advocacy, direct representation, and impact litigation. Students may represent individuals in federal courts, state courts, and administrative proceedings. Students in this clinic may also engage in legislative or administrative advocacy at the local and state level

CJAC exposes students to various advocacy methods in criminal legal system reform, and employs a number of lawyering models in its pedagogy.

The work of the CJAC is supported by the Millstone Fund for Criminal Justice Reform.

Instructors:

Miriam Gohara

Marisol Orihuela

Fiona Doherty

Cases:

Whitted v. Easter

Ways to Engage


Our Clinics

Yale Law School offers more than 30 clinics that provide students with hands on, practical experience in the law on a diverse range of subject matters.

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Yale Law School offers a suite of innovative simulation courses based on real-world case studies.

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1L year is really hard.…You’re just grinding all the time. And when you come out the other end, you realize that you’ve got skills to make changes in the world. And that feeling is so cool.”


Rebecca Wexler

Class of 2016