Crystal Shin

  • Assistant Professor of Law, General Faculty
  • Director, Program in Law and Public Service

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.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia

Education Law and Advocacy (editor with others), JustChildren/Virginia CLE Publications (7th ed., 2015).    

"Prevention v. Punishment: Threat Assessment, School Suspensions, and Racial Disparities" (with others) Legal Aid Justice Center/UVA Curry School (2013).

"Educate Every Child" (with others), Legal Aid Justice Center (2011).
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