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

Friday, March 3, 2017


Friday, March 3, 2017


Thursday, March 2, 2017


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In The Press

Connecticut Veterans Sue Army Over Less-Than-Honorable Discharges Due To PTSD


Helen White ’18 is quoted in a story about a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans given unfair less-than-honorable discharges. They are being represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Monday, April 17, 2017

In The Press

Suit aims to help wounded veterans correct unfair discharges

New Haven Register

Johnathan Petkun ’19 and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal ’73 are quoted in an article about a class-action lawsuit filed by on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans given an unfair less-than-honorable discharge. They are being represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Friday, April 14, 2017

In The Press

Power and Punishment: Two New Books About Race and Crime

The New York Times

Professor of Law James Forman Jr.’s book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America is reviewed.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

In The Press

Day two of federal court hearing on death row inmate lawsuit

Arkansas Times

George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law Lawrence Fox is quoted in an article about a hearing on whether eight inmates scheduled to die by lethal injection have had their right to effective counsel violated by the state’s expedited scheduling of the executions.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In The Press

New York's Solitary Confinement Overhaul Gets Pushback From Union

NPR/ Morning Edition

A study conducted by the Liman Program is mentioned in a story about pushback to New York State reforms in the use of solitary confinement.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In The Press

As ICE Retaliates Against Austin, Learn How New Haven Fought Back Against a 2007 ICE Crackdown

Democracy Now!

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is interviewed about how New Haven responded to ICE raids in 2007.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Glenda M. Aldana Madrid

Gruber Fellow Takes on Public Interest Causes

It really was the only law school for me as I look back on my experiences now because it just provided for me the raw materials with which to make a career. And really great people—both my peers and the professors—who were there who did nothing but encourage, assist, help, charge me up.”

Senator Cory Booker

Class of 1997