Centers Of Excellence

Criminal Justice Program

The Criminal Justice Program leverages education, policy work and research to help students build a strong foundation in criminal law while offering an opportunity to gain meaningful experience.


Moving Justice Forward

Explore the impacts of the criminal justice system, from policing and bail to sentencing and prison law, on individuals, communities and American society.

The Criminal Justice Program provides several key areas of focus, including police and digital surveillance; criminal law and immigration enforcement; trial and appellate advocacy; criminal defense; expert witnesses and wrongful convictions; collateral consequences of criminal convictions and prisoner reentry; juvenile justice; international and transnational crimes; criminal justice reform in the United States and abroad; and more.

Additionally, collaborative research undertaken by students and faculty into diverse areas of criminal justice helps further inform the practices of scholars, lawyers and policymakers.

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May 19, 2020

Sharon Dolovich Quoted by Telegraph News on How U.S. Prisons are a Perfect Storm for a Pandemic Outbreak

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May 18, 2020

New Yorker Magazine Cites UCLA Law’s COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project

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