Rachel Van Cleave, Professor of Law

Rachel Van Cleave

Professor of Law

Research Interests & Areas of Specialization

  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Property/Wills & Trusts
  • State Constitutional Law


  • JSM, Stanford University School of Law
  • JD, Hastings College of the Law, University of California
  • BA, Stanford University

Professional & Teaching Experience

  • Participant in podcast for The Daily Journal SCOTUS Preview 3 discussing the Kahler v. Kansas case before the US Supreme Court (Nov. 2019).
  • Interviewed on the Chicago Public Media station WBEZ on Italian rape law.
  • Clerked for the Hon. Sam D. Johnson, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Austin.
  • J. Hadley Edgar Professor, Texas Tech University School of the Law.
  • Taught legal research and writing at Santa Clara University School of Law and Stanford University School of Law.
  • Studied Italian criminal justice system as a Fulbright Scholar.

Selected Publications

Visit Professor Van Cleave’s SSRN page.

Professional Associations

At a vigil held September 17, 2012, at UC Hastings, GGU Law Interim Dean Rachel Van Cleave shared special memories of Ambassador Chris Stevens, a personal friend and former classmate, who was killed last week when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was bombed.

Read the Eulogy