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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


In The Press

Veteran Sickened By Plutonium After H-Bomb Accident Brings Class Action Suit

WSHU

Meghan Brooks ’19 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a story about a class actions suit challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


News

M. Cho ’16, C. Cruz ’16, and K. Lu ’18 Named Skadden Fellows

Michelle "Minju" Cho ’16, Conchita Cruz ’16, and Kathy Lu ’18 have been named Skadden Fellows for the firm's class of 2018, a group of 29 graduating law students and judicial clerks who are devoting the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.

Friday, November 17, 2017


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Friday, March 3, 2017


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017


In The Press

Veteran Sickened By Plutonium After H-Bomb Accident Brings Class Action Suit

WSHU

Meghan Brooks ’19 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a story about a class actions suit challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. 

Monday, December 11, 2017


In The Press

New initiative seeks employments for vets with 'bad paper'

The Day

Alyssa Peterson’19 and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic are mentioned in an article about efforts to assist veteran job seekers who've received an other-than-honorable discharge from the military.

Friday, November 17, 2017


In The Press

In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

The New York Times

Emily Villano ’19 is quoted in an article about developments in the legal challenge to the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program. The Worker and Immigrant Right Clinic at YLS is representing plaintiffs in the case.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


In The Press

Appeals courts block access to DACA cancellation files

Politico.com

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article that reports on updates to the legal challenges to President Trump’s plans to end the DACA program.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


In The Press

‘We call it the Muslim Ban 3.0’: The young Yale lawyers fighting Trump's order

The Guardian

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article that profiles former students with the Worker and Immigrant Rights clinic: Rebecca Heller ’10, Justin Cox ’08, Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg ’08, Sirine Shebaya ’12, and Swapna Reddy ’16.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


In The Press

'Stark' Yale Law Study Findings Help Drive Parole Reform

Connecticut Law Tribune

Clinical Associate Professor of Law and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Fiona Doherty ’99 and Theo Torres ’18 are quoted in an article about a report by the clinic on the parole revocation process in Connecticut.

Alumni & Student Profiles


'09

Emma Alpert

Current Senior Staff Attorney and 2009-2010 YLS Public Interest Fellow, Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn, NY

I say to you, my classmates, we have much to do. Yale gave us the tools to do it with. We owe it to the rest of the country, because of our success, to share what we know and what we can give to the future…”


President Bill Clinton

Class of 1973