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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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.

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Monday, October 26, 2020


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Monday, January 18, 2021

In The Press

Housing battle may have broad impact

Hartford Courant

The Hartford Courant reports on a proposal to build a multi-family dwelling in Woodbridge, Connecticut. The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is part of an effort to change what they view as the town’s discriminatory zoning policies.


Monday, January 4, 2021

In The Press

Finally, a chance for environmental justice — A Commentary by Gerald Torres and Kathleen Rogers

Canton Daily Ledger

Gerald Torres is Professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Law at the Law School. Kathleen Rogers is President of

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

In The Press

Forgotten court case shows how a California schoolteacher was persecuted for being gay

The New York Times

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William N. Eskridge ’78 is quoted about past legal prosecution of gay Californians.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

In The Press

Connecticut can take a stand for equality — A Commentary by Professor Douglas NeJaime and Patience Crozier

The Connecticut Post

Douglas NeJaime is Anne Urowsky Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Patience Crozier is Senior Staff Attorney GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.

Friday, December 18, 2020

In The Press

Rent Q: Did She Vacuum The Hallways?

New Haven Independent

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law J.L. Pottenger, Jr. ’75 is quoted and Adam Kinkley ’21 mentioned in a New Haven Independent report about a landlord-tenant dispute in which the tenant is represented by the Housing Clinic at YLS.

Monday, December 14, 2020

In The Press

Eight Years Later, Newtown Activists Still Pushing For Local Gun Control Laws


William K. Townsend Professor of Law Ian Ayres ’86 is quoted by WNPR about Connecticut communities and local gun control laws.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Mollie Lee

Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney's Office, San Francisco, CA

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