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

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Thursday, May 24, 2018


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

In The Press

Chicago aldermen might be even more powerful than you think

Crain’s Chicago Business

Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article about how aldermanic power in Chicago compares to other big cities.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

In The Press

David Udell Dishes On Growing Access To Justice Research


Scholarship by Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Heather Gerken is mentioned in a Law360 interview with David Udell, executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

In The Press

The Real-Life Heroine Who Inspired a Character on ‘Boardwalk Empire’

The New York Times Book Review

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, the new book by William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law Stephen Carter ’79, is reviewed in the New York Times Book Review.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

In The Press

State wants details of Yale clinic deal

New Haven Register

Ahmad Maaz ’20 is quoted, and Sarah June Bever-Chritton ’20 and Rachel Kogan’19 mentioned, in a New Haven Register article about a proposed collaboration between Yale New Haven Hospital and two local federally qualified health clinics.

Monday, November 26, 2018

In The Press

Clinic plan could jeoparduze abortion access—A Commentary by Rachel Kogan ’19

The Hartford Courant

Yale Law School student Rachel Kogan ’19 has an op/ed in the Hartford Courant.

Monday, November 12, 2018

In The Press

Law students launch service group

Yale Daily News

Law School students James Campbell ’20,  Abigail Pershing ’20, Matthew Linsley ’21, and Carl Jiang ’20 are quoted in the Yale Daily News about a new student organization, the Yale Law Student National Service Forum.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Karol Brown

Managing Attorney/Founder, World One Law Group, Seattle WA

The people I was able to spend those three years with and think alongside and work alongside — they put me on a different path and it’s a path that’s allowing me to have a much larger and more meaningful impact on children than I would have had before.”

Samantha Tweedy

Class of 2006