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

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Thursday, April 25, 2019


In The Press

Courts need safeguards against unreliable jailhouse witness testimony — A Commentary by Laura Fernandez ’02

Hartford Courant

Laura Fernandez ’02 is a Clinical Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, and Senior Liman Fellow in Residence at Yale Law School. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019


In The Press

Courts need safeguards against unreliable jailhouse witness testimony — A Commentary by Laura Fernandez ’02

Hartford Courant

Laura Fernandez ’02 is a Clinical Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, and Senior Liman Fellow in Residence at Yale Law School. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


In The Press

SF City Attorney's Office, Yale Law and Nonprofits Combine for Impact Litigation Guide for Cities

Law.com

The San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project is featured in an article about a guidebook for local governments that grew out of the clinic's work.

 

Monday, April 8, 2019


In The Press

Gregg Gonsalves Blends Activism and Science

The New York Times

The New York Times profiles Gregg Gonsalves, co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP).

Thursday, January 31, 2019


In The Press

Chicago aldermen might be even more powerful than you think

Crain’s Chicago Business

Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article about how aldermanic power in Chicago compares to other big cities.

Sunday, January 27, 2019


In The Press

David Udell Dishes On Growing Access To Justice Research

Law360

Scholarship by Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Heather Gerken is mentioned in a Law360 interview with David Udell, executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice.

Sunday, December 9, 2018


In The Press

The Real-Life Heroine Who Inspired a Character on ‘Boardwalk Empire’

The New York Times Book Review

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster, the new book by William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law Stephen Carter ’79, is reviewed in the New York Times Book Review.

Alumni & Student Profiles


'06

Kate Kimpel

Former Clinic Student Tackles Civil Rights Cases

We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.”


Sonia Sotomayor

Class of 1979