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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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

In The Press

Yale's civil litigation clinic aims to train law students and make a difference

ABA Journal

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Heather Gerken, Jeremy Pilaar ’18, and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin ’18 are quoted in an article on the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In The Press

Connecticut Army Veteran Gets Discharge Upgrade

The Hartford Courant

Helen White ’18 is quoted in an article about an Army veteran represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic who has won an eight-year legal battle to have his discharge status upgraded to “honorable.”

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In The Press

Westville “New Urbanist” Vision Advances

New Haven Independent

Kendyl Clausen ’19 is quoted and the Community & Economic Development clinic mentioned in an article on a zoning change to the Westville district of New Haven

Monday, April 2, 2018

In The Press

ICE Deported 1,100 New Haveners

New Haven Independent

Professor Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about undocumented immigrants deported from New Haven County.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In The Press

Pr. George's NAACP to sue over census

The Washington Post

Yale Law School Rule of Law Clinic is mentioned in an article about a legal challenge to the federal government regarding reporting methods of the upcoming census.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

In The Press

How the EPA Abandoned This Polluted Town

Mother Jones

Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law Marianne Engelman Lado and Claudia Wack ’18 of the Environmental Justice Clinic are quoted in an article about the EPA’s dismissal of a complaint by an Alabama community regarding a nearby landfill.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Adam Liptak

Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times, Washington, DC

The people I was able to spend those three years with and think alongside and work alongside — they put me on a different path and it’s a path that’s allowing me to have a much larger and more meaningful impact on children than I would have had before.”

Samantha Tweedy

Class of 2006