Sarah Gottlieb Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Criminal Justice Clinic



Office: 381 Lewis Hall


Area of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Wrongful Convictions


JD, Boston College

BA, Boston University


Sarah Gottlieb joined W&L Law in 2024 as the director of the Criminal Justice Clinic. Previously, she was a clinical teaching fellow in the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Professor Gottlieb researches in the areas of criminal law and criminal procedure, with a focus on evaluating the efficacy of criminal legal reforms.

Prior to her academic career, Professor Gottlieb spent eight years in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, most recently as an assistant public defender in the felony division, where she represented hundreds of defendants at bail review hearings, suppression hearings and trials. She began her career in criminal defense representing indigent defendants for approximately three years at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Springfield, MA.

Professor Gottlieb received her J.D. from Boston College Law School.