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


Public Interest Employers

For Public Interest Employers

Thursday, May 24, 2018


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Monday, January 8, 2018


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

In The Press

Report re-energizes push to end solitary confinement in state


Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik was interviewed by NJTV about the recent survey by the Arthur Liman Center and the Association of State Correctional Administrators on solitary confinement.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

In The Press

Solitary confinement is an affront to human decency

The Washington Post

Findings contained in a recent survey by the Arthur Liman Center and the Association of State Correctional Administrators are cited in The Washington Post.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

In The Press

More than 4,000 mentally ill inmates held in solitary in US — report

The Guardian

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is quoted in a Guardian article about a new report by the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law and the Association of State Correctional Administrators on the number of mentally ill prisoners being held in solitary confinement. Sonia Sotomayor ’79 is also quoted. A similar article appeared in

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In The Press

Academic highlight: Greenhouse and Siegel on the past, present and future of Roe v. Wade


A review on the chapter authored by Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law Reva Siegel ’86 and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL in the forthcoming book Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In The Press

Public Thinker: Issa Kohler-Hausmann on Misdemeanors and Mass Incarceration

Public Books

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is interviewed about her latest book Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

In The Press

Government Gives Migrant Children Shipped to Connecticut Legal Immigration Status


Aseem Mehta ’20 is quoted in a story about two children represented by the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic who have now been granted temporary legal immigration status. Senator Richard Blumenthal ’73 is mentioned.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Kaitlin Caruso

Senior Counsel for Strategic Advocacy and Chair of the Strategic Advocacy Committee, New York City Law Department

1L year is really hard.…You’re just grinding all the time. And when you come out the other end, you realize that you’ve got skills to make changes in the world. And that feeling is so cool.”

Rebecca Wexler

Class of 2016