SFALP operates as a limited-enrollment clinic open to all students beginning in their second semester. Dean Gerken and the SFALP Fellow work with the Managing Director of the Affirmative Litigation Task Force in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office to assign students to working groups. Work is then distributed and supervised, under the oversight of Dean Gerken and the SFALP Fellow, by the deputy city attorneys. The Local Government in Action seminar introduces students to local government lawyering, acquainting students with broader legal and policy issues associated with affirmative government litigation, and includes technical training through litigation-focused practicums.

Summer Internship with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office offers a variety of summer internship opportunities for which those who are interested in public-interest litigation may be particularly well qualified. For more information, please contact the SFALP Fellow.

SFALP Fellowship

The Yale Law School’s San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project and Robert M. Cover Fellowship Program offer a post-graduate fellowship for lawyers who are interested in a long-term career in law school clinical teaching or public lawyering. The Fellowship begins in the summer and lasts for one year, with a stipend of about $47,500 per year plus health benefits. One new SFALP Cover Fellow is selected each year. Fellowship responsibilities include running the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project at Yale Law School, co-teaching a seminar on local government law with Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken, supervising student work, and working directly with the San Francisco City Attorney’s
Affirmative Litigation Task Force on related litigation.

For more information, including application instructions, see the position description on the Career Development Office website.


For more information, please contact Jeremy Pilaar, the 2018-19 San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project Fellow.

Our Clinics

Explore clinical opportunities at Yale Law School. Read about the clinics and projects at Yale Law School, which span a diverse list of topics and casework.