Public Interest Law

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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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Course Offerings

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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.

Career Services

Events & Programs


Public Interest Employers

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Douglas L. Stevick ’96

Douglas L. Stevick ’96, a 1998 Liman Fellow, is a General Counsel at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Ivan Ocon waves the American flag

Veterans Legal Services Clinic client Ivan Ocon returned to the U.S. after being deported to Mexico in 2016. With the clinic's help, he became a U.S. citizen on July 7.

October 14 Friday


Incarceration and Imagination

Whitney Humanities Center

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021


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Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Wednesday, November 3, 2021


Thursday, June 23, 2022

In The Press

Black Veteran Groups Seek Policy Agenda on Racial Inequities

Associated Press

The Associated Press reports on research by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic that shows significant differences in disability claim outcomes for Black and white veterans.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In The Press

The Case for Mandatory Gun-Liability Insurance — A Commentary by Ian Ayres ’86 and Jason Abaluck

The Washington Post

Ian Ayres ’86  is Deputy Dean and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Jason Abaluck is a Professor of Economics at Yale School of Management.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

In The Press

New York’s Red-Flag Law Failed in Buffalo. Here’s How to Fix It. — A Commentary by Ian Ayres ’86 and Fredrick Vars ’99

The Washington Post

Ian Ayres ’86  is Deputy Dean and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Frederick Vars ’99 is Ira Drayton Pruitt, Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

In The Press

Feds: National Guard Members on State Duty Can Join Unions

Associated Press

Rekha Kennedy ’23 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in report about a decision that gives active National Guard members the right to unionize.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

In The Press

It Is Time to Repeal Connecticut’s Incarceration Lien —A Commentary by Jenny Carroll, Mila Reed Guevara ’23, and Ryanne Bamieh ’23

The Connecticut Mirror

Jenny Carroll is the Director of the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Mila Reed Guevara and Ryanne Bamieh are members of the class of 2023 at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

In The Press

Connecticut’s Automotive Dealers Should Examine Their Own Behavior

The Connecticut Mirror

Research by Deputy Dean and the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor Professor Ian Ayres ’86 is cited in a commentary on whether buyers should be able to purchase electric vehicles directly from manufacturers.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Neena K. Chaudhry

A Fellowship Leads to a Career at the National Women’s Law Center

One of the things that makes this job magic is the students. They’re unbelievably smart, the best lawyers you can imagine. But they care so deeply. And what always amazes me is they’re unfailingly modest about what they do.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law