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

For Public Interest Employers

Thursday, May 12, 2022

headshots of the LEAP student gran recipients

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) announced 10 recipients of the LEAP Student Grant Program from across Yale University.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Bernstein and Robina Fellows

Recipients of 2022-23 Bernstein and Robina International Human Rights Fellowships, clockwise from top left: Yussef Al Tamimi ’22, Rodrigo Ayala Miret ’22, Luke Connell ’22, Jason Gardiner ’22, Megan Hauptman ’21, Tim Hirschel-Burns ’22, and Lena Riemer ’22.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

a still showing pamphlets

A still from a new short film documenting the experiences of those impacted by Connecticut’s incarceration lien law.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Justice Sonia Sotomayor and panelists at the Liman Colloquium

Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’79 joined a panel of alumni moderated by Professor Judith Resnik to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Liman Center and more than 50 years of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and Yale Law School’s clinical program.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Monday, November 22, 2021


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Wednesday, November 3, 2021


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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

In The Press

The Superpredator Myth Did a Lot of Damage. Courts Are Beginning to See the Light. — A Commentary by James Forman Jr. ’92 and Kayla Vinson

The New York Times

James Forman Jr. ’92 is J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Faculty Director of Yale’s Center for Law and Racial Justice. Kayla Vinson is the Center’s Executive Director. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

In The Press

Historic Supreme Court Confirmation Comes at a Time When Some in the GOP Are Trying To Reverse LGBTQ Rights


John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence Professor William N. Eskridge Jr. ’78 discusses objectives behind recent legal challenges to LGBTQ rights.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

In The Press

Colleges Should Be Grateful for ‘Zoom School’ Lawsuits — A Commentary by Stephen L. Carter ’79


Stephen L. Carter ’79 is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, March 14, 2022

In The Press

Arizona’s Privatized Prison Health Care Has Been Failing for Years. A New Court Case Could Change That

PBS News Hour

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is quoted about Arizona’s privatized prison health care system.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Adam Liptak

From Practicing Law to Covering the Supreme Court

Yale is the one place where going to law school doesn’t mean sitting on the sidelines; it means making headlines.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law