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.

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Events & Programs


Public Interest Employers

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Monday, October 26, 2020


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

In The Press

A Group of Yale Law Students Just Clinched a Government Settlement for Military Vets

Andy DeGuglielmo ’21 is quoted and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in a article on the clinic’s recent major settlement on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans with a less-than-fully-honorable discharge. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In The Press

HUD ‘perpetuating segregation,’ Hartford families claim in lawsuit

CT Mirror

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is mentioned in a CT Mirror story about policies that keep poor residents segregated in impoverished areas in Hartford.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In The Press

Yale Law School helps bring settlement: Army must reconsider applications for discharge upgrades connected to PTSD

New Haven Register

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in a New Haven Register story about a major settlement in a class-action suit brought by two Connecticut veterans who challenged their discharge status.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In The Press

NY Judge Slams Feds For 'Ignoring' Justices' DACA Revival


William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93, Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad, Clinical Associate Professor of Law Marisol Orihuela ’08, and students from the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic are mentioned in a Law360 article about new efforts by the Trump administration to curtail DACA.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

In The Press

Acting DHS Secretary Lacked Authority To Suspend DACA Program, Judge Rules

NPR / Morning Edition

Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad was interviewed on NPR about the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back DACA and the role of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

In The Press

Fed. Circ. Weighs If VA Appeals Ripe For Review


Law 360 has an update to a case related to a Veterans Affairs decision that is before the U.S. Court of Appeals. Plaintiffs are represented by William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93, Clinical Lecturer in Law Renée Burbank and students from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Glenda M. Aldana Madrid

Gruber Fellow Takes on Public Interest Causes

This place has always been imbued with a restless spirit, the assumption that being the finest law school in the world is never enough, and a deep belief that you, our students, can do anything.”

Heather Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law