A Robust and Unique Clinical Program


Yale Law School has one of the most robust clinical programs in the country. Unlike most other schools, students can begin taking clinics—and appearing in court—during the spring of their first year. Clinic students represent real clients with real legal problems (not in simulations or role-playing exercises), and are supervised by senior faculty members, with whom they often develop close and lasting mentoring relationships.

About 90% of our students take advantage of this unique opportunity to combine theory with practice, and many students take more than one clinic. With nearly 30 clinics, there are almost always places available.

Opportunities abound in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization—a single law firm that currently houses nine clinics, including the Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic and the Ludwig Center for Community and Economic Development.  In addition to the complete list of clinics and projects, a number of other centers and programs also offer experiential learning opportunities. Simulation courses are also offered in such areas as Appellate Advocacy, Corporate Crisis Management, and Negotiating and Drafting M&A Agreements.

Ways to Engage


Our Clinics

Yale Law School offers more than 30 clinics that provide students with hands-on, practical experience in the law on a diverse range of subject matters.

Simulation

Yale Law School offers a suite of innovative simulation courses based on real-world case studies.

Centers and Workshops

Yale Law School enhances the intellectual life of its academic community by sponsoring a variety of centers, programs, and workshops, inspired by the interests of its faculty and students.

Friday, July 8, 2022


Ivan Ocon waves the American flag

Veterans Legal Services Clinic client Ivan Ocon returned to the U.S. after being deported to Mexico in 2016. With the clinic's help, he became a U.S. citizen on July 7.

Friday, July 1, 2022


Professor Gohara teaching

Clinical Professor Miriam Gohara received tenure this month and leads the Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic and the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic. She teaches and writes about capital and non-capital sentencing, incarceration, and the historical and social forces implicated in culpability and punishment. Gohara recently discussed her work.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


Wednesday, May 25, 2022


the sign in front of the Department of State

The Department of State in Washington, D.C. The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic is challenging the department's slow responses to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020


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Monday, October 26, 2020


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Friday, October 23, 2020


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Wednesday, July 22, 2020


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Friday, February 7, 2020


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Thursday, May 19, 2022


In The Press

Feds: National Guard Members on State Duty Can Join Unions

Associated Press

Rekha Kennedy ’23 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in report about a decision that gives active National Guard members the right to unionize.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022


In The Press

“Deny Until They Die”: Some Veterans Say VA Wrongly Rejects Claims for Illnesses They Blame on Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water

CBS News

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in a report about a 2016 lawsuit filed by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic on behalf of veterans seeking information on the doctors who reviewed disability claims related to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022


In The Press

‘Bad Paper’ Discharges of Some Marines and Sailors to Get Second Look

Military.com

Plaintiffs in a case represented in part by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic reached a settlement in the nationwide class action brought against the Navy and Marine Corps by Afghanistan veteran Tyson Manker and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress.

Thursday, December 2, 2021


In The Press

Georgia Election Workers Suing Conspiracy Website over ‘Campaign of Lies’

NBC News

The Media Freedom and Information Access (MFIA) Clinic is mentioned in a story about a defamation lawsuit filed by two Georgia election workers.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


In The Press

Lawsuit Against Air Force Aims To Overturn Less-Than-Honorable Discharges Among Those With Trauma

WSHU

Alexis Kallen ’23 comments on a proposed nationwide class action suit filed by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Monday, September 13, 2021


In The Press

Madison Police Step up Fight To Withhold Barbara Hamburg Murder Investigation Files From HBO’s ‘Murder on Middle Beach’ Filmmakers

The Hartford Courant

Clinical Lecturer David Schulz ’78 discusses efforts by the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic to gain public access to police records from a 2010 murder in Madison, Connecticut.

Student Profile Videos


Xiangnong (George) Wang
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Xiangnong (George) Wang

A student perspective on public interest law, the MFIA Clinic, and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at Yale Law School.