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Public Interest Law

Public Interest Law

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About Public Interest Law

Yale Law School has a strong tradition of service in the public interest. The work of our clinics, centers, voluntary student groups, and a rich array of public interest-related courses offer students a nearly endless number of opportunities to bring their energy and vision to work for the public good.

Part of The Tsai Leadership Program, the Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership helps prepare students for careers in areas such as government, nonprofits, and other institutions focused on serving the public.

Learn more about public interest work

Course Offerings

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Public Interest Activities

Law School centers, clinics, and student organizations enable YLS students to perform public service in activities ranging from legal research and writing to outreach in the New Haven public schools.

After graduation, Yale Law School offers significantly more postgraduate public interest fellowships than any other law school in the country Both externally and internally funded fellowships enable our graduates to jumpstart their careers while serving the legal needs of underserved members of our society.

Public Interest Activities

Public Interest Fellowships

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.

Public Interest Programs & Resources

Career Services

Events & Programs

Other Resources for Students

About Public Interest Employers

Information for Public Interest Employers

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Launching Careers in Service

Read about how Yale Law School-funded fellowships offer essential support for aspiring public interest lawyers.


Deadline for The Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership Fellows Application

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Deadline for The Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership Fellows Application

Now it is time to pivot and ask, where are your extraordinary gifts needed? How do you make this legal world that you are entering a better world? One where no one is shut out; one where the weak and vulnerable are not exploited; one that produces fair results based on the merits of the issues before it.