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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Course Offerings

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 7, 2021

In The Press

Suburb Housing Quest Enters New Phase

New Haven Independent

Karen Anderson ’21 is quoted and the Community and Economic Development Clinic is mentioned in a New Haven Independent report on efforts to challenge zoning restrictions in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

In The Press

New Orleans Police Miffed That Travis Boys' Defense, DA Seek Review of Jury Selection

New Orleans Times-Picayne

Clinical Lecturer in Law and Director of the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law Anna VanCleave is mentioned in a Times-Picayne article about the case of Travis Boys, whose lawyers, including VanCleave, are seeking a review of the jury selection process in the case.

Monday, March 29, 2021

In The Press

Make the Infrastructure Bill Tell Us Cost of Each Bridge, Road, and Train — A Commentary by Zachary Liscow ’15 and Leah Brooks

The Hill

Zachary Liscow is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Leah Brooks is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.

Monday, March 29, 2021

In The Press

A Fight over Housing Segregation is Dividing One of America’s Most Liberal States


A commentary by Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in Vox about Connecticut residential zoning restrictions.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

In The Press

I Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement

The New York Times

Scholarship by the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law is cited in a commentary in The New York Times about solitary confinement.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In The Press

Unlocking Courts: Ending Arbitration Mandates and Gag Orders — A Commentary by Judith Resnik

Connecticut Post

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Founding Director of the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Glenda M. Aldana Madrid

Gruber Fellow Takes on Public Interest Causes

I will remember most about my time here the wonderful conversations and interactions with my peers and with my professors. This is a wonderful community, very welcoming, and an amazing place to have studied the law.”

Allison Turbiville

Class of 2015