Criminal Justice

Berkeley Law is an ideal place to study criminal justice. The faculty includes top criminologists, renowned experts in domestic and international law, first-rate practitioners, and scholars who bring an interdisciplinary approach to the most pressing problems of the day. Students gain important practical experience through our Death Penalty Clinic, East Bay Community Law Center, Policy Advocacy Clinic, Samuelson Law and Technology Clinic, and Domestic Violence Practicum, as well as our Field Placements, Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, and a host of advocacy classes.

Berkeley Law takes full advantage of the rich opportunities in the Bay Area. The nine-county region offers countless possibilities for prosecution and defense field placements and careers in local, state, and federal agencies, as well as policy work for non-profit organizations.

Berkeley Law has also launched a new Criminal Law & Justice Center, with former San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin as the founding executive director. The center will be a research and advocacy hub that fosters research collaboration among faculty members and others, enhances law students’ training and practice opportunities, and strengthens connections between the university and the outside world.