Crootof earned her B.A. cum laude at Pomona College and her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an active member of the Center for Global Legal Challenges, served as an Online Editor for the Yale Law Journal and as an Articles Editor on the Yale Journal of International Law, and helped found and competed in Yale’s only Jessup International Moot Court team. Before returning to Yale, Crootof served as a law clerk for Judge Mark R. Kravitz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a member of the New York Bar.