Ji Seon Song

Assistant Professor of Law
Ji Seon Song


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Policing, Race and the Law, Juvenile Law


Ji Seon Song's teaching and research focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, and policing. Prof. Song’s scholarship examines the deployment of policing authority and corresponding effects on racial minority and other marginalized groups. Her research informs interventions that address race- and class-based disparities in policing practices.

Prof. Song’s scholarship draws on her years of practice experience. Previously, Prof. Song represented youth and adults as a Deputy Public Defender at the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender and as a Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center. She also worked as a senior policy advocate for the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Prof. Song joins UCI Law from Stanford Law School, where she was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law while developing an extensive research project on policing in hospitals. 

As part of her research on policing in hospitals, Prof. Song created a Working Group on Policing and Patient Rights with Georgetown University Law Center’s Health Justice Alliance. She regularly conducts trainings and provides consultation for medical providers on the intersection of medical care and policing. Prof. Song is also a well-known advocate for local, regional, and national juvenile justice reform. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Pacific Juvenile Defender. Prof. Song clerked for the late Honorable Deborah A. Batts of the Southern District of New York.

Prof. Song earned a B.A.in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a minor in Music from Columbia College, Columbia University, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

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  • Working Group on Policing and Patient Rights, Police in the Emergency Department: A Medical Provider Toolkit for Protecting Patient Privacy
  • February 2024
    Presenter, “On Probation,” at three faculty workshops: UC Berkeley Law (Feb. 13), University of San Diego Law School (Feb. 16), and Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) (Feb. 22)
  • Jan. 6, 2022:
    Panelist, The Carceral Logics of Care: Policing Hospitals, Policing Access to Care, 2022 AALS Annual Meeting, Online
  • Nov. 2, 2021:
    Panelist, Unity III: Public Health, American Constitution Society, Pepperdine University Law School, Online
  • Sept. 24, 2021:
    Speaker, Symposium: When Health Care and Law Enforcement Overlap, University of Pennsylvania, Leonard Davis Institute and Dep’t of Emergency Medicine, Virtual
  • May 25, 2021:
    Panelist, Law Enforcement in the Health Care Setting, UCLA Health: Equity & Justice Action Series, Virtual
  • May 12, 2021:
    Panelist, Didactic: Law Enforcement in the Emergency Department: An Overview of Relevant Considerations, Law, and Policies, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 2021, Virtual