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

Friday, March 3, 2017


Friday, March 3, 2017


Thursday, March 2, 2017


Thursday, May 25, 2017

In The Press

Report: Re-Zone Westville Village

New Haven Independent

Kendyl Clausen ’19, Joseph Jampel ’17, and Andrew Parker ’19 are quoted in article about their zoning proposal presentation at the March and April Westville CMT meetings. They are members of the Ludwig Center for Community and Economic Development, which represents the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance in this matter.

Friday, May 12, 2017

In The Press

U.S. Crackdown on For-Profit Schools Is Said to Go Idle

The New York Times

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic is referenced in an article on an apparent slowdown of federal investigations into for-profit colleges. The VLSC represents Veterans Education Success, an organization that advocates for former members of the military who say they were misled by for-profit colleges. Its director, Carrie Wofford ’01, is quoted.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

In The Press

A Travel Ban’s Foe: A Young Firebrand and Her Pro Bono Brigade

The New York Times

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in a profile of visiting clinical lecturer Rebecca Heller ’10. Ms. Heller’s husband, Dan Mullkoff ’10, is mentioned.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In The Press

Episode 165: Immigration Reform and Europe’s Collapsing Left

The American Interest

Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus Peter Schuck was a guest on a podcast where he discussed immigration policy.

Friday, April 28, 2017

In The Press

Prison Officials Resist Push to Curb Solitary Confinement

Wall Street Journal

A study by the Liman Center and the Association of State Correctional Administrators is mentioned in an article on how prison officials are resisting efforts to curb the use of solitary confinement. (Note: Subscription required to read publication.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In The Press

Court victory aids veterans in benefit denials

The New Haven Register

John Giamatteao ’17, a student with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, is quoted in an article about a court decision that will allow a class-action challenge to appeals of benefit denials by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Beverly Jones

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

You don’t have to be a lawyer, but you have to be an involved person. You have to care enough about things to do something about them. It doesn’t have to be politics. It can be your church, your school, your community center; however, you want to be involved. What you cannot do is ignore things.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Class of 1979