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]

Professor Lauryn Gouldin teaches constitutional criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, constitutional 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 in the University of Chicago Law Review, BYU Law Review, Denver Law Review, Fordham International Law Journal, and the American Criminal Law Review, among others. In 2017, the AALS Criminal Justice Section recognized her article, “Defining Flight Risk,” as the first runner-up in the Section’s Junior Scholars Paper Competition. In 2015, in recognition of her excellence in teaching, Gouldin was selected by the Syracuse University Meredith Professors to receive a Teaching Recognition Award. In 2014 and 2015, the College of Law Student Bar Association honored Gouldin with the Outstanding Faculty Award. At their commencement, the Class of 2018 awarded her the College of Law’s Res Ipsa Loquitur Award for outstanding service, scholarship, and stewardship.

Gouldin graduated from Princeton University with a major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law. Following law school, Gouldin clerked for the Hon. Leonard B. Sand in the Southern District of New York and for the Hon. Chester J. Straub of the US 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, 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