Public Interest Law


About Public Interest Law

Yale Law School has a strong tradition of service in the public interest. In addition to the rich curricular offerings, approximately 80 percent of students take part in a clinic during their time at the Law School.

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Clinics & Courses

Public Interest Activities

Most YLS students perform public service in activities ranging from legal research and writing to outreach in the New Haven public schools. A number of YLS centers and projects offer fellowships and other opportunities for public service.

Public Interest Activities

Public Interest Career Services

Public Interest Career Services are available through the Career Development Office, which offers specialized counseling, as well as a wide array of services, programs, events, and resources for public interest minded students and alumni in all stages of their career development.

Career Services

Events & Programs

Resources

Public Interest Employers

For Public Interest Employers

Monday, March 30, 2020


In The Press

Protecting Prisoners in Pandemics Is a Constitutional Must — A Commentary by Judith Resnik

Bloomberg Law

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Friday, February 7, 2020


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Monday, March 30, 2020


In The Press

Protecting Prisoners in Pandemics Is a Constitutional Must — A Commentary by Judith Resnik

Bloomberg Law

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, March 19, 2020


In The Press

U.S. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking to Avert 2020 Census Undercount

Reuters

Nikita Lalwani ’20 is quoted in by Reuters on the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Peter Gruber Rule of Law Clinic on behalf of a nonprofit group alleging that federal cost-cutting threatened undercounts of blacks, Hispanics, immigrants and the homeless in the 2020 Census.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


In The Press

For Many Who Cleaned Up a Nuclear Mess, a Key Ruling Comes Too Late

The New York Times

The work of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in a New York Times article about the Clinic’s success on behalf of elderly veterans denied disability benefits for illnesses they suffered as a result of their work cleaning up a 1966 nuclear bomb disaster in Spain.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


In The Press

Lamont to propose millions for affordable housing construction

Walter E. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Property and Urban Law Robert Ellickson ’66 is quoted in the CT Mirror about efforts to provide affordable housing in Connecticut.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


In The Press

Protect Veterans From Fraud

The New York Times

A report by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in a New York Times editorial.

Thursday, December 19, 2019


In The Press

Yale Law Students Help Nearly 1,600 Veterans Win Class Certification for Radiation Exposure

Connecticut Law Tribune

Meghan Brooks ’19, Lily Halperin ’21, and John Super ’20 are quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune on the victory in a class action suit challenging the Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation.

Alumni & Student Profiles


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Nicholas Lewin

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

Today is a wonderful time to be blessed with legal training and to be able to go out and take on the enormous challenges of a difficult world — with an aspiration to lead tempered by humility at the complexity, difficulty, discipline, and self-sacrifice inherent in the task.”


Ben W. Heineman, Jr.

Class of 1971