Ranjana Natarajan

  • Clinical Professor
  • Director - Civil Rights Clinic


  • JD Columbia University
  • BA University of Texas at Austin

Ranjana Natarajan directs the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. From 2009 to 2013, she directed the National Security Clinic, in which law students worked on cases and projects relating to national security, terrorism, and constitutional and human rights. From 2003 to 2008, she worked as an attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, where she litigated and advocated on a variety of civil rights and civil liberties issues, including immigration detention, civil rights post 9/11, gender equity, and prisoners' rights. From 2001 to 2003, she held a Clinical Fellowship with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law, where she litigated minimum wage and overtime cases in federal court, and immigration cases in administrative court. From 1999 to 2001, she was a Kirkland and Ellis Fellow and attorney with South Brooklyn Legal Services, litigating cases involving housing and disability rights in federal and state courts. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include national security detention, electronic and other types of surveillance, and criminal prosecution issues.

Ms. Natarajan received a Lawyer of the Year Award from California Lawyer Magazine in 2007 for her work on behalf of an asylum-seeker detained for six years on national security grounds by immigration authorities. She received numerous honors from community-based organizations in Southern California for her work representing persons targeted by counter-terrorism investigations. She currently serves as a member of the legal panel of the ACLU of Texas. From 2006 to 2008, she served on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Network, a a grassroots, community based organization dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in Southern California.