Lauryn P. Gouldin

Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence 2022-2025
Crandall Melvin Professor of Law
Director, Syracuse Civics Initiative
(315) 443-9547
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Crandall Melvin Professor Lauryn Gouldin teaches constitutional criminal procedure, evidence, constitutional law, privacy law, criminal law, and criminal justice reform. Her scholarship focuses on the Fourth Amendment, pretrial detention and bail reform, and judicial decision-making. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Wake Forest Law Review, BYU Law Review, and the American Criminal Law Review, among others. In 2017, the American Associations of Law Schools Criminal Justice Section recognized her article, “Defining Flight Risk,” as the first runner-up in the Section’s Junior Scholars Paper Competition. From 2018 through 2020, she served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Research at the College of Law.

In 2022, Syracuse University named Professor Gouldin a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence. Professor Gouldin had previously been selected by the Syracuse University Meredith Professors to receive a Teaching Recognition Award in 2015. At their commencement, the Class of 2018 awarded her the Res Ipsa Loquitur Award for outstanding service, scholarship, and stewardship. In 2014 and 2015, the Student Bar Association Honored Professor Gouldin with the Outstanding Faculty Award.

Professor Gouldin also directs the College of Law’s Syracuse Civics Initiative, which develops community-facing civics education programming in partnership with other departments at the University, local judges and attorneys, and community organizations that support civics education. In this role, she organizes the College of Law’s annual Supreme Court Preview and various middle and high school programs at the law school, including the annual Youth Law Day program.

Professor Gouldin graduated from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Leonard B. Sand in the Southern District of New York and for the Hon. Chester J. Straub of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also spent several years as a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, working on matters involving white collar and regulatory defense, internal investigations and compliance, and securities litigation. Before joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Gouldin served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University School of Law.


  • New York University
    School of Law
    J.D., magna cum laude 2000
  • Princeton University,
    Woodrow Wilson School
    A.B. 1995