Eisha Jain

Henry P. Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Immigration Law
  • Public Interest Law


Eisha Jain is the Henry P. Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law.   Her research examines how policing decisions shape civil society.  Her recent work has focused on immigration enforcement, criminal records, misdemeanors, and collateral consequences. Her scholarship has been published widely in leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Journal.

Jain previously worked as a civil rights lawyer, where she focused on police misconduct and wrongful conviction.  For her work, she was recognized as a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist. She clerked for the Hon. Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as student director of the Immigration and Child Advocacy Clinics and won the Michael Egger Prize for the best student article published in the Yale Law Journal on a current social problem. She developed the Carolina Law Scholarship Roundtable, which brings leading scholars to Carolina Law to workshop manuscripts-in-progress. Previously, she served as the Louis A. Horvitz Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.


  • J.D., Yale University (2007)
  • B.A., University of Virginia (2003)

Selected Publications

Policing the Polity, 131 YALE L.J. 1794 (2022).
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Jailhouse Immigration Screening, 70 DUKE L.J. 1703 (2021).
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The Mark of Policing: Race and Criminal Records, 73 STAN. L. REV. ONLINE 162 (2021).
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The Interior Structure of Immigration Enforcement, 167 U. PA. L. REV. 1463 (2019).
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Proportionality and Other Misdemeanor Myths, 98 B.U. L. REV. 953 (2018).
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Capitalizing on Criminal Justice, 67 DUKE L.J. 1381 (2018).
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Understanding Immigrant Protective Policies in Criminal Justice, 95 TEX. L. REV. SEE ALSO 161 (2017).
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Prosecuting Collateral Consequences, 104 GEO. L.J. 1197 (2016).
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Arrests as Regulation, 67 STAN. L. REV. 809 (2015).
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Immigration Enforcement and Harboring Doctrine, 24 GEO. IMMIGR. L. J. 147 (2010).
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