Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Justice Clinic
Norrinda Hayat
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Prior to coming to academia, she worked as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section. While in the Civil Rights Division, Professor Hayat led a case that resulted in DOJ’s first combined police practices and fair housing settlement.

  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Courses Taught
  • Expertise

Professor Hayat is the Director of the Civil Justice Clinic. Professor Hayat also teaches courses in Property Law, Critical Race Theory and Landlord Tenant Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of race, gender and access to housing and law and has been placed or is forthcoming in the California Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, the NYU Journal of Law and Social Change, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and the Clinical Law Review among others. She is a recognized expert on housing law issues and has written op-eds and been interviewed for various news outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Shelterforce and the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Prior to law teaching, Professor Hayat spent almost a decade in government practice at the United States Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division as a trial attorney advocating on behalf of victims of housing discrimination. While in the Civil Rights Division, Professor Hayat led a case that resulted in DOJ’s first combined police practices and fair housing settlement. Before that she was in private practice at the law firms of Hogan and Hartson, DLA Piper and Booth&Tucker. 

She is engaged in professional service on various committees, including sitting on the Executive Committee of the Clinical Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), which is the largest section in the AALS. Professor Hayat was awarded the Junior Faculty of the Year award by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) in 2021. 

Professor Hayat earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law. 


“Black is a Country”: Covid-19, Stay-At-Home Orders & Segregation (Work-in-Progress).


From #BlackLivesMatter to the Afro-Future: Revising Clinical Pedagogy to be Anti-Racist, 28 Clinical Law Review  __ (forthcoming 2021).


Housing the Decarcerated: Covid-19, Abolition & the Right to Housing, 110 Calif. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2022).


A Critique of the Black Commons as Reparations, 45 N.Y.U. Rev. of L. and Soc. Change ___ (forthcoming 2021).


Urban Decolonization, 24 Mich. J. Race & L. 75 (2018).


Accommodating Bias in the Sharing Economy, 83 Brook. L. Rev. 613 (2017).


Section 8 is the New N-Word: Policing Integration in the Age of Black Mobility, 51 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 61 (2016).


Courses Taught
  • Advanced Civil Justice Clinic
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Housing/Real Estate
  • Poverty Law
  • Property