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

Resources

Public Interest Employers

For Public Interest Employers

Monday, November 28, 2022


In The Press

Racial Discrimination by Veterans Affairs Spans Decades, Lawsuit Says

The Washington Post

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic represents Conley Monk Jr. in a case seeking redress for harm caused by long-standing racial disparities in veterans’ benefits programs.

Thursday, November 17, 2022


In The Press

Influencers with Andy Serwer: Heather Gerken

Yahoo Finance

Dean Heather K. Gerken is interviewed about educating the next generation of lawyers and leaders.

Monday, November 28, 2022


Left to right: Visiting Clinical Professor Jason Parkin, Rebecca Harris ’24, Michelle Fraling ’23, Conley Monk Jr., Adam Henderson ’23, Mike Sullivan ’24, Beatrice Pollard ’23, Clinical Professor Mike Wishnie

Left to right: Visiting Clinical Professor Jason Parkin, Rebecca Harris ’24, Michelle Fraling ’23, Conley Monk Jr., Adam Henderson ’23, Mike Sullivan ’24, Beatrice Pollard ’23, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93

Friday, November 18, 2022


A group of six people standing for a photo with one holding an award

At a Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information event, at which the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic received an award for its work: from left, Connecticut Foundation for Open Government President Bill Fish, Stephanie Rice ’23, Jonathan Gibson ’24, MFIA Clinical Fellow Stephen Stich ’17, Council President Dan Klau, and Marlene Arias ’24. (Photo: Gary Lewis)

Monday, November 14, 2022


Professor Judith Resnik standing before a chalkboard

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik speaks at the conference honoring the 40th anniversary of her influential paper “Managerial Judges.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2022


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Tuesday, November 29, 2022


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Wednesday, November 9, 2022


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Monday, November 7, 2022


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Thursday, November 3, 2022


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Thursday, November 3, 2022


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Monday, November 28, 2022


In The Press

Racial Discrimination by Veterans Affairs Spans Decades, Lawsuit Says

The Washington Post

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic represents Conley Monk Jr. in a case seeking redress for harm caused by long-standing racial disparities in veterans’ benefits programs.

Monday, November 28, 2022


In The Press

A Black Vietnam Veteran is Suing the VA for Discrimination

NPR

Adam Henderson ’23 is interviewed about a new case brought by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic in federal court.

Monday, November 21, 2022


In The Press

Legal Education Needs to be ‘Accessible to Everyone,’ Says Yale Law School Dean

Yahoo Finance

Dean Heather K. Gerken and the Hurst Horizon Scholarship Program are mentioned in a piece about equity in legal education.

Thursday, November 17, 2022


In The Press

Influencers with Andy Serwer: Heather Gerken

Yahoo Finance

Dean Heather K. Gerken is interviewed about educating the next generation of lawyers and leaders.

Thursday, October 27, 2022


In The Press

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Let's Give Connecticut Survivors A Chance At Fair Sentences — A Commentary By Elizabeth Clarke ’23 and Ali Fraerman ’23

Elizabeth Clarke and Ali Fraerman are members of the Yale Law School class of 2023.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022


In The Press

A Look Into Connecticut’s History of Housing Segregation

Connecticut Public

Walter E. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Property and Urban Law Robert C. Ellickson ’66 joins a conversation on zoning and segregation in Connecticut.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Monica Maldonado
’99

Monica Maldonado

Finding an Enriching Work Environment

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