Public Interest Assistance


PIVO is a student organization at Yale Law School that matches all types of domestic public interest organizations in need of assistance with Yale law students who want to work on important issues and build legal experience.

Everyone benefits! Public interest organizations gain needed research and writing services while law students demonstrate their commitment to public interest work and begin to establish themselves in the public interest world.

Currently, PIVO only takes place during the spring semester. For questions, please email [email protected].

Student Information


Many public interest organizations need your help. You can make a difference right now!

If you have a particular area of interest, let us know. We are happy to contact organizations you want to work with and who need your assistance.

YLS students have worked with a variety of partners, including:

ACLU
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Brennan Center for Justice
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Popular Democracy
Earthrights International
East Bay Community Law Center
HIV Law Project
Lambda Legal
Legal Aid Society
Louisiana Center for Children's Rights

NAACP
National Center for Youth Law
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Employment Law Project
New York Legal Assistance Group
Urban Justice Center

Student Projects


We will post a new list each January for new projects. If one interests you, please follow the instructions for signing up online.  You will work directly with the attorney to devise the substance, scope, and time frame of your project.

View the list of Spring 2017 projects.

Read more about PIVO.

Upon completion of your project, please complete and return the Student Evaluation Form to CDO.

Partner Information


Yale law students are ready to help your organizations with research and advocacy projects. If you think broadly and creatively about how we can assist you, we will try to make it happen!

Information for Partners

Complete and return the Project Proposal Form to get started!!

Partner Evaluation Form. Once you've participated in PIVO, we encourage you to provide feedback on the program.

Student Organizations


The list of student organizations changes every year, based on the activities and interests of current students. The Law School provides a budget, shared storage space, and administrative resources to approved student organizations.

There are many law schools. Ours is special. It’s a close-knit community of faculty, students, and staff committed to excellence in everything we do.”


Harold Hongju Koh

Sterling Professor of International Law and Former Dean