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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March 24 Saturday


A Critical Moment for Critical Race Theory: The 2018 YLS CRT Conference

Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Monday, February 26, 2018


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Monday, March 12, 2018

In The Press

A new way to reduce gun suicides, and maybe mass shootings too—A Commentary by Ian Ayres ’86 and Fredrick Vars ’99

Los Angeles Times

Ian Ayres ’86 is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School and Fredrick Vars ’99 is a law professor at the University of Alabama.

Friday, March 9, 2018

In The Press

Veterans Affairs Under Fire for Stonewalling Records Demand

Courthouse News Service

A report on a complaint filed against the VA by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic requesting records related to the handling of sexual assault cases involving male victims.

Friday, March 2, 2018

In The Press

Suit Calls Navy Board Biased Against Veterans With PTSD

The New York Times

A class-action lawsuit filed today by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic is the focus of a story. YLS student Jonathan Petkun '19 is quoted.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

In The Press

ICE Blasted For Courthouse Arrests

New Haven Independent

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie '93 is quoted in a story about ICE arresting immigrants who are appearing in court on non-immigration related charges.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In The Press

Developer heads to court over denial of Branford affordable housing project

New Haven Register

Valerie Ortiz '18, a student with the Community and Economic Development, is quoted in an article about a legal challenge to a housing project denied by the town's planning and zoning commission. The clinic represents the town's housing authority.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In The Press

Housing Authority, Developer Cite Bias in P&Z Parkside Decision

Branford Eagle

Clinical Associate Professor Anika Singh Lemar and the Community and Economic Development Clinic are mentioned in an article about a legal challenge to a housing project denied by the town's planning and zoning commission. The clinic represents the town's housing authority.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Nicholas Lewin

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

You have an obligation to serve, by virtue of the privilege, opportunity, and talent that you have. You have an obligation to serve, in your way, at some point in time, in your career.”

Gina Raimondo ’98

Governor of Rhode Island, 2015 Commencement Address