Appellate Litigation Project

Students represent pro se clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Under the supervision of Yale faculty and attorneys from the appellate group at Wiggin and Dana, teams of students will work on cases referred through the Pro Bono Counsel Plan for the Second Circuit.

Arbitration Project

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection provides residents with the option to resolve disputes regarding Connecticut’s New Car Lemon Law Program and the Lottery Delinquency Assessment process through arbitration. Students will oversee and resolve contested cases as arbitrators and hearing officers. 

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center represents refugee families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to flee life-threatening conditions. 

Capital Punishment Clinic

Students spend two to three weeks in August at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta or the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, where they meet attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialists working on capital cases and become a part of a team representing people facing the death penalty.

Challenging Mass Incarceration

The Challenging Mass Incarceration clinic represents clients in two types of cases: federal sentencing proceedings and Connecticut state parole hearings.

Education Adequacy Project Clinic

The Education Adequacy Project is a clinic devoted to representing clients who wish to improve the quality of educational opportunities being provided to children.

Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic

The Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic (EOJJC) began taking clients in October 2013. We represent children in expulsion hearings and in general educational advocacy in the New Haven School District.

Environmental Justice Clinic

In the course Practice and the Intersection of Civil Rights and the Environment, students will have the opportunity to help launch Yale Law School’s new environmental justice clinic and to develop a docket to improve environmental quality and public health in communities of color and low-income communities.

Environmental Protection Clinic

The Environmental Protection Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that addresses environmental law and policy problems on behalf of client organizations such as environmental groups, government agencies, and international bodies.

Ethics Bureau

The Ethics Bureau advises lawyers on how to proceed when faced with violations of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and other ethical dilemmas. Students draft amicus briefs in cases involving professional responsibility; help people with ineffective assistance of counsel claims; and offer ethics advice to nonprofit organizations.

Global Health and Justice Practicum

The Global Health and Justice Practicum addresses critical topics at the intersection of public health, rights, and justice in the 21st century.

Immigration Legal Services

The Immigration Legal Services clinic represents immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.

International Refugee Legal Assistance

This seminar and practicum introduces students to international refugee law, with an emphasis on fieldwork. Class sessions combine project rounds with a consideration of the development and content of the international refugee legal regime, U.S. policy toward refugees, and the particulars of the Iraqi and Syrian refugee crises.

Juvenile Justice Clinic

Juvenile Justice Clinic students represent children and youth in juvenile cases in the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters courthouse on Whalley Avenue in New Haven.

Landlord-Tenant Clinic

Every day, scores of New Haven families must deal with serious housing issues. Rented homes are often substandard, lacking basic amenities such as heat and running water; landlords may unjustifiably withhold security deposits; tenants’ rights to privacy may be violated.

Legal Assistance: Immigrant Rights Clinic

Legal Assistance: Immigrant Rights Clinic is a legal resource for immigrant communities and their organizations. 

Legal Assistance: Re-entry Clinic

The New Haven Legal Assistance Re-entry Clinic provides civil legal representation to people with criminal convictions to help them challenge and navigate barriers to their successful reentry to society.

Legislative Advocacy Clinic

Students of the Legislative Advocacy Clinic (LAC) actively participate in the state legislative process by advancing and defending the interests of Connecticut public interest organizations.

Lowenstein Clinic

The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic is a Law School course that gives students firsthand experience in human rights advocacy.

Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development

The Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development (CED) provides transactional legal services to clients seeking to promote economic opportunity and mobility. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair housing advocates, and neighborhood associations.

Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic

The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA) is a law school clinic dedicated to increasing government transparency, defending the essential work of news gatherers, and protecting freedom of expression through impact litigation, direct legal services, and policy work.

Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic

Students in this clinical seminar will represent homeowners fighting foreclosure in Connecticut state courts. They will conduct motion practice and discovery, including legal research and writing.

New Haven Legal Assistance Clinic

This clinical program involves working at the New Haven Legal Assistance office, the community’s local legal aid office, providing legal services to the indigent residents of the New Haven area.

Open Government and Open Data Governance Innovation Clinic

The Open Government and Open Data Governance Innovation Clinic supports the strengthening of democratic institutions by using legal and technological innovations to transform how we govern. 

Prosecution Externship

Students in this clinical externship can earn up to 3 units of credit to assist state or federal prosecutors with their responsibilities, both before and at trial.

Reproductive Rights and Justice Project

Students in this project gain firsthand experience in fast-paced litigation and timely and strategic advocacy in a highly contested area of the law, confronting knotty procedural problems as well as substantive constitutional law questions in an area where established doctrine is under siege. Students advocate for reproductive health care providers and their patients, learning the vital importance of client confidentiality, as well as the impact of political movement strategy and management of press and public messaging.

Rule of Law Clinic

This clinic focuses on maintaining U.S. rule of law and human rights commitments in four areas: national security, antidiscrimination, climate change, and democracy promotion. 

Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic

Students in the Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic ("CJC") represent defendants in criminal cases in the Geographical Area #23 courthouse (the “GA”) on Elm Street in New Haven.

San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project

The San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) is a partnership between Yale Law School and the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.

Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic

The Sol and Lillian Goldman Family, Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic opened in spring 2003. Under the supervision of Jean Koh Peters, students represent children in neglect or uncared-for proceedings in the New Haven Superior Court for Juvenile Matters.

Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic

The Yale Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic provides clients with the highest quality pro bono representation before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Clinic maintains an active docket of cases at both the certiorari and merits stages.

Temporary Restraining Order Project

In conjunction with the Clerk's Office of the Connecticut Superior Court (New Haven County Family Division) and the Family Division of New Haven Legal Assistance, the Yale Law School Temporary Restraining Order Project (TRO) staffs an office at the courthouse to assist individuals seeking temporary restraining orders (TROs).

Transnational Development Clinic

In the Transnational Development Clinic, students work on a range of litigation and non-litigation projects designed to promote community-centered international development, with an emphasis on global poverty.

Veterans Legal Services Clinic

There are approximately 250,000 veterans currently residing in Connecticut, many with acute and unique legal needs related to their military service or return to civilian life. In this clinic, established in 2010, students have represented Connecticut veterans in litigation before administrative agencies and courts, on benefits, discharge upgrade, immigration, and pardon matters.

Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

Students in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) represent immigrants, low-wage workers, and their organizations in labor, immigration, criminal justice, civil rights, and other matters.