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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Course Offerings

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

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

CPA Signing

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed the Connecticut Parentage Act into law on June 1, 2021. Photos by Brian O’Connor.

Friday, October 30, 2020


Monday, October 26, 2020


Friday, October 23, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Friday, February 7, 2020


Monday, June 7, 2021

In The Press

How Communities Of Color Are Hurt Most By Climate Change


Professor of Law Gerald Torres ’77 is quoted on how climate change disproportionally affects people of color.

Friday, May 28, 2021

In The Press

The Most Powerful Court in the U.S. Is About to Decide the Fate of the Most Vulnerable Children


Anne Urowsky Professor of Law Douglas NeJaime is quoted about a lawsuit before the Supreme Court against the city of Philadelphia, which is being sued after ending a contract with a faith-based agency that will not certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

In The Press

Eligible Voters in CT Jails Need Access to Their Ballots — A Commentary by Anna VanCleave et al.

New Haven Register

Anna VanCleave is Director of The Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law at Yale Law School. Zal Shroff is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Liman Fellow in Residence at Yale Law School. Natalie Kirchhoff is a member of the class of 2023 at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

In The Press

Suburb Housing Quest Enters New Phase

New Haven Independent

Karen Anderson ’21 is quoted and the Community and Economic Development Clinic is mentioned in a New Haven Independent report on efforts to challenge zoning restrictions in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Monday, March 29, 2021

In The Press

Make the Infrastructure Bill Tell Us Cost of Each Bridge, Road, and Train — A Commentary by Zachary Liscow ’15 and Leah Brooks

The Hill

Zachary Liscow is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Leah Brooks is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.

Monday, March 29, 2021

In The Press

A Fight over Housing Segregation is Dividing One of America’s Most Liberal States


A commentary by Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in Vox about Connecticut residential zoning restrictions.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Emma Alpert

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

At heart, Yale Law School is about a distinctive culture of intellectual curiosity about the law. We think good ideas matter. Our faculty and, most of all, our students live this idea every day.”

John Fabian Witt

Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law; Class of 1999