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Crystal Shin

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
570 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 2010
B.A. University of Virginia 2004

Crystal Shin joined the Law School in 2017 as the first director of the Program in Law and Public Service, a program designed to offer a select group of students the opportunity to receive intensive training to prepare them for a career in public service.

Shin previously served at William & Mary Law School as a clinical assistant professor and director of the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic. Under her supervision, law students provide free legal representation to children with disabilities and their families.  Before joining William & Mary, Shin was an attorney with the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, where she provided legal representation to children and families in the areas of special education, school discipline, juvenile justice and immigration. During that time, she supervised law students in the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Prior to law school, Crystal taught fourth grade for three years in Henderson, North Carolina, through the Teach For America program. Her students served as her inspiration and motivation to attend law school. Shin received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia, where she was the 2010 recipient of the Margaret G. Hyde Award. Shin's work at LAJC began through the Powell Fellowship, an award offered by UVA Law to help recipients provide legal services to the indigent.

Shin is the program chair of the Children and the Law Commission of the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference. She recently organized an event, “Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Leaders and Careers in the Law,” to introduce and inspire young students of color to consider legal careers. Shin is the 2017 co-recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

LAW 7088: Law and Public Service
Credits: 3
This course will introduce students to law and public service, broadly defined to include all careers that serve the public interest, from litigating civil rights cases to prosecuting and defending criminal suspects to providing legal services for indigent clients to representing local, state, and federal government agencies to working for an international human rights organization and everything in between.
LAW 7098: Public Interest Law and Advocacy Skills
Credits: 2–3
This class will examine and explore those tactics and strategies which public interest lawyers routinely employ, and those obstacles and dilemmas that public interest lawyers must often confront, with a particular focus on the advocacy work that takes place outside of, or in conjunction with, litigation.
LAW 8669: Holistic Juvenile Defense Clinic
Credits: 5
The Holistic Juvenile Defense Clinic will provide students an opportunity to practice holistic and zealous lawyering by representing juvenile clients on delinquency matters, as well as related school discipline and special education matters, in order to help keep youth in their homes, schools, and communities with appropriate supports. Law students will have the opportunity to handle cases from the initial intake to the case disposition.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 9289: Juvenile Justice Seminar
Credits: 3
This seminar will explore the history of the juvenile courts, troubling issues within the current juvenile justice system, recent Supreme Court cases regarding juveniles, and advocacy and policy reform currently occurring at the state and national level. This seminar will also explore related topics, such as the school-to-prison-pipeline and the recent push to consider community based alternatives to incarceration.