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

Resources

Public Interest Employers

For Public Interest Employers

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


In The Press

Veteran Sickened By Plutonium After H-Bomb Accident Brings Class Action Suit

WSHU

Meghan Brooks ’19 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a story about a class actions suit challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. 

Monday, January 8, 2018


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Monday, December 18, 2017


3:55

Friday, November 17, 2017


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Thursday, December 14, 2017


In The Press

Veterans' Groups Suing Military for Access to Sex-Assault Records

Law.com

Protect Our Defenders and the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center filed suit to gain access to records related to gender disparities within the military. The groups are represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


In The Press

Veteran Sickened By Plutonium After H-Bomb Accident Brings Class Action Suit

WSHU

Meghan Brooks ’19 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a story about a class actions suit challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. 

Monday, December 11, 2017


In The Press

New initiative seeks employments for vets with 'bad paper'

The Day

Alyssa Peterson’19 and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic are mentioned in an article about efforts to assist veteran job seekers who've received an other-than-honorable discharge from the military.

Friday, November 17, 2017


In The Press

In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

The New York Times

Emily Villano ’19 is quoted in an article about developments in the legal challenge to the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program. The Worker and Immigrant Right Clinic at YLS is representing plaintiffs in the case.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


In The Press

Appeals courts block access to DACA cancellation files

Politico.com

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article that reports on updates to the legal challenges to President Trump’s plans to end the DACA program.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


In The Press

‘We call it the Muslim Ban 3.0’: The young Yale lawyers fighting Trump's order

The Guardian

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article that profiles former students with the Worker and Immigrant Rights clinic: Rebecca Heller ’10, Justin Cox ’08, Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg ’08, Sirine Shebaya ’12, and Swapna Reddy ’16.

Alumni & Student Profiles


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Beverly Jones

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New York, NY

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