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.

Instructors:

Miriam Gohara

Marisol Orihuela

Cases:

Settlement Agreement

Press Release: Class Action Against Federal Bureau of Prisons

News: Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic Wins TRO Against Bureau of Prisons

Complaint

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.

Simulation

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

Centers and Workshops

Yale Law School enhances the intellectual life of its academic community by sponsoring a variety of centers, programs, and workshops, inspired by the interests of its faculty and students.

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