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

For Public Interest Employers

Friday, March 03, 2017

Friday, March 03, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

In The Press

U.S. List of Those Detained for Trump’s Travel Ban Is Called Incomplete

New York Times

Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad and Rebecca Heller ’10 are quoted in an article on efforts to obtain information about those detained and or deported in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban.

Monday, February 13, 2017

In The Press

Impulsiveness, Law, and the Immigration Order—A Commentary by Paul Gewirtz ’70


Paul Gewirtz is the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law and the Director of Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.

April 6 Thursday


Liman Colloquium

(All day)
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Friday, March 3, 2017


Thursday, March 2, 2017


Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In The Press

Thinking like millennials—A Commentary by Mary Crossley, William Eskridge ’78, and Robin Fretwell Wilson

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mary Crossley is a law professor and disability and health law scholar at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law; William Eskridge ’78 is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School; Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

In The Press

No time to lose

Yale Alumni Magazine

A feature article on the lawsuit filed by the YLS Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic filed in response to Donald Trump’s executive order regarding refugees. Numerous faculty, current students, and alumni are quoted.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In The Press

Opponents Say Trump's New Travel Ban Won't Withstand Court Challenge

Hartford Courant

WIRAC member Aaron Korthuis ’17 is quoted in an article about the clinic’s work opposing the executive orders on immigration.

Monday, March 6, 2017

In The Press

For Yale Law Group Fighting Trump’s Travel Ban, Echoes of 1991

The New York Times

The work of WIRAC on the immigration Executive Order is discussed in an article and video. Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93, Sterling Professor of International Law Harold Hongju Koh, Lisa Daugaard ’92, and My Khanh Ngo ’17 are quoted.

Monday, March 6, 2017

In The Press

Christian Bakers, Gay Weddings, and a Question for the Supreme Court

The New Yorker

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William Eskridge ’78 is quoted in an article about the tension between gay rights and religious beliefs.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

In The Press

Lawmakers Face A Tough Decision On Education Funding

The Hartford Courant

Eric Chung ’17 is quoted and the Education Adequacy Project clinic is mentioned in a Hartford Courant article about education funding in the next Connecticut state budget. Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law David Rosen ’69 is interviewed in an accompanying video segment.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Mollie Lee

Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney's Office, San Francisco, CA

We, as lawyers, can be builders too. We can use our tools to build a society in which every member of the new generation can celebrate her graduation –not only with joy but with well-founded hope for the future.”

Professor Anne L. Alstott

Class of 1987, 2013 Commencement Address