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

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In The Press

Jail for Drug Relapse: A Case Asks if That's Fair

The New York Times

Clinical Professor of Law Fiona Doherty ’99 is quoted in an article about probation and how it impacts substance abusers.

Monday, May 21, 2018

In The Press

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights

National Public Radio/ All Things Considered

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is quoted in a story about the decision by the Supreme Court regarding employee rights arbitration and how it could affect various class actions.

Monday, May 21, 2018

In The Press

The US Supreme Court just dealt a devastating blow to the #MeToo movement


Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences Vicki Schultz is quoted in an article about the decision by the Supreme Court regarding employee rights arbitration and how it may affect those facing sexual harassment at the workplace.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

In The Press

SRO Moratorium, Westville Zone Advance

New Haven Independent

Kendyl Clausen ’19 is quoted and the Community and Economic Development Clinic is mentioned in a story about changing the zoning laws in the Westville neighborhood.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

In The Press

Carnegie Fellowship to Support Yale Law Professor's Prison Studies

Connecticut Law Tribune

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik and her Carnegie Fellowship are discussed in an article.

Monday, May 7, 2018

In The Press

Cakes and the Conscience Wars—A Commentary by Douglas NeJaime and Reva Siegel

Oxford Human Rights Hub

Douglas NeJaime is Professor of Law and Reva Siegel is the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Kate Kimpel

Former Clinic Student Tackles Civil Rights Cases

You don’t have to be a lawyer, but you have to be an involved person. You have to care enough about things to do something about them. It doesn’t have to be politics. It can be your church, your school, your community center; however, you want to be involved. What you cannot do is ignore things.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Class of 1979