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 31, 2019


In The Press

Protect Veterans From Fraud

The New York Times

A report by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in a New York Times editorial.

Thursday, December 19, 2019


In The Press

Yale Law Students Help Nearly 1,600 Veterans Win Class Certification for Radiation Exposure

Connecticut Law Tribune

Meghan Brooks ’19, Lily Halperin ’21, and John Super ’20 are quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune on the victory in a class action suit challenging the Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


In The Press

Protect Veterans From Fraud

The New York Times

A report by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in a New York Times editorial.

Thursday, December 19, 2019


In The Press

Yale Law Students Help Nearly 1,600 Veterans Win Class Certification for Radiation Exposure

Connecticut Law Tribune

Meghan Brooks ’19, Lily Halperin ’21, and John Super ’20 are quoted in the Connecticut Law Tribune on the victory in a class action suit challenging the Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019


In The Press

Dwight Group To Rehab Historic Building, Add Child Care

New Haven Independent

Clinical Lecturer in Law Emilee Gaebler and the Community and Economic Development Clinic are mentioned in a New Haven Independent article about plans for a long-empty building purchased by a neighborhood group.

Monday, December 9, 2019


In The Press

Court rules vets exposed to radiation from 1966 nuke disaster can sue for benefits

Air Force Times

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in an Air Force Times article about its recent success on behalf of elderly veterans denied disability benefits for illnesses they suffered as a result of their work cleaning up a 1966 nuclear bomb disaster in Spain.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


In The Press

He’s a Serial Con Artist. His Word Might Soon Send a Man to His Death

New York Times Magazine

Liman Senior Fellow in Residence Laura Fernandez ’02 and former Liman Fellow Cyd Oppenheimer ’04 represent a man facing execution in Florida despite evidence of innocence. The article explores the troubling history of the con artist whose testimony led to the conviction and death sentence and the weakness of the state’s case against Fernandez’s and Oppenheimer’s client.

Friday, November 22, 2019


In The Press

How 2 Student Litigators Defeated a Veteran Attorney in Court

Connecticut Law Tribune

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law Jay Pottenger, Jr. ’75 and Shannon Price ’20 are quoted, and Nathan Leys ’20 mentioned, in a Connecticut Law Tribune article about a recent victory involving a New Haven tenant who was living with an infestation of pests. The tenant is represented by students with the Housing Court Clinic.

Alumni & Student Profiles


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David Henkin

Staff Attorney, Earthjustice, Honolulu, HI

In their first semester, all entering students are required to take four courses, one of which must be taken in a small group of 15 or 16 students. Immediately every student in the class has the opportunity to develop a close relationship with one of their four teachers.”


Anthony Kronman

Class of 1975, Sterling Professor of Law and Former Dean