Joshua Kleinfeld

Professor of Law


Joshua Kleinfeld teaches and writes in three areas: legal and political philosophy; legislation and statutory interpretation; and criminal law and procedure. He has also practiced law in Northwestern's Juvenile Criminal Defense Clinic. He is a full professor with tenure at the Northwestern Pritzker School of the Law and (by courtesy) in Northwestern’s philosophy department. In 2017-18, he was a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools. He is the recipient of the Bator Award, given annually to one American law professor under the age of 40 who has demonstrated "excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact."

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Areas of Expertise

  • Political, Moral, and Legal Philosophy
  • Corporate Criminal Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Legislation

Selected Publications

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  • JD, Yale Law School
  • PhD in Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • BA in Philosophy, Yale College

Prior Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Law Clerk, Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Law Clerk (summer), Hon. Aharon Barak, President (Chief Justice), Supreme Court of Israel
  • Senior Research Analyst, The President's Council on Bioethics

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