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


Public Interest Employers

For Public Interest Employers

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CT attorney general William Tong

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong met with students after an event discussing the opioid crisis.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Lani Guinier and Sherrie L. Russell-Brown

Lani Guinier ’74 (right) and Senior Research Scholar in Law Sherrie L. Russell-Brown, who co-organized a symposium on Guinier’s life and legacy, in 2019.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

In The Press

Three Cheers for the Parentage Act

Connecticut Law Tribune

Anne Urowsky Professor of Law Doug NeJaime is mentioned in a commentary about the state’s Parentage Act, which provides streamlined pathways to establishing legal recognition of parents for all children.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

In The Press

Should National Guard Troops be Permitted to Form Unions? A New Lawsuit Asks a Judge to Say Yes

Stars and Stripes

Josh Britt ’22 comments on a suit filed by Connecticut labor unions, represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, asking a judge to rule that a law barring federal military troops from forming unions does not apply to National Guard members on state active duty.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

In The Press

‘A New Generation of Changemakers’: New Yale Law Program Aims to Give Grads a Broader Professional Skill Set

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Heather K. Gerken is quoted in a story announcing the launch of The Tsai Leadership Program at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

In The Press

Yale Law School Modernizes Legal Curriculum with New Tsai Leadership Program

Yale Daily News

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Heather Gerken and Professor of Law John Morley ’06 comment on the launch of The Tsai Leadership Program.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

In The Press

As Halls Road Zoning Advocates Emphasize Flexibility, Legal Experts Say Otherwise

CT Examiner

Clinical Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar addresses efforts to change zoning rules in Old Lyme.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

In The Press

YLS Liman Center Members Testify on Solitary Confinement in Pennsylvania

Yale Daily News

The Yale Daily News reported on testimony given by Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik before the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee on the use of solitary confinement. Liman Center Director Jenny Carroll is quoted, and Liman Center clinical fellow Skylar Albertson ’18, Sarita Benesch ’23, and Wynne Graham ’22 are mentioned.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Adam Liptak

From Practicing Law to Covering the Supreme Court

Between my colleagues and students, showing up for work means that I will have my premises challenged, my ideas tested, and my creativity spurred three times before I finish my morning coffee.”

David Schleicher

Professor of Law