Jerome Skolnick

Jerome Skolnick joined the Berkeley faculty in 1962 and became part of the Berkeley Law faculty in 1977. From 1972 to 1984 he chaired the Center for the Study of Law and Society. He has also taught at UC San Diego, the University of Chicago and Yale University, and has been a visiting fellow at Oxford.

Skolnick’s books include Society and the Legal Order: A Reader in Sociology of Law (edited with R.D. Schwartz); Justice Without Trial: Law Enforcement in Democratic Society; House of Cards: Legalization and Control of Casino Gambling; The New Blue Line: A Study of Police Innovation in Six American Cities (with D. Bayley); and Above the Law: Police and The Excessive Use of Force (with J. Fyfe). He is also coeditor (with J. Kaplan and M. Feeley) of the fifth edition of the text Criminal Justice.

His awards include Carnegie, Guggenheim and National Science Foundation fellowships as well as prizes for distinguished scholarship from the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Western Society of Criminology.


B.B.A., City College of New York (1952)
M.A., Yale University (1953)
Ph.D., Yale University (1957)