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Jayesh Rathod, Esq

Jayesh Rathod, Esq., is Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Professor of Law, and Director of the Clinical Program at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). During his tenure at WCL, Prof. Rathod has taught both clinical and doctrinal courses, and through his work in the WCL Clinical Program, he has provided pro bono representation to hundreds of clients on matters relating to immigration law, employment and labor law, criminal-immigration intersections, civil rights, and family law. Prior to joining the WCL faculty in 2006, Prof. Rathod was a Staff Attorney at CASA of Maryland, where he represented scores of immigrant workers on employment and immigration law matters. He also practiced as a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. Prof. Rathod’s legal experience includes both trial-level and appellate advocacy before state courts, federal courts, and administrative tribunals.

Prof. Rathod’s legal publications, which include empirical, applied, and theoretical works, appear in a variety of prominent journals. In 2018, he received the Pauline Ruyle Moore Award for outstanding scholarship in the area of public law. Over the course of his career, he has also received awards for his public interest lawyering, innovative teaching, and efforts to promote the advancement of justice.

Prof. Rathod received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. He clerked for the late Hon. Louis F. Oberdorfer on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.