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.

Monday, November 28, 2022


In The Press

Racial Discrimination by Veterans Affairs Spans Decades, Lawsuit Says

The Washington Post

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic represents Conley Monk Jr. in a case seeking redress for harm caused by long-standing racial disparities in veterans’ benefits programs.

Monday, November 28, 2022


Left to right: Visiting Clinical Professor Jason Parkin, Rebecca Harris ’24, Michelle Fraling ’23, Conley Monk Jr., Adam Henderson ’23, Mike Sullivan ’24, Beatrice Pollard ’23, Clinical Professor Mike Wishnie

Left to right: Visiting Clinical Professor Jason Parkin, Rebecca Harris ’24, Michelle Fraling ’23, Conley Monk Jr., Adam Henderson ’23, Mike Sullivan ’24, Beatrice Pollard ’23, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93

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Monday, November 28, 2022


In The Press

Racial Discrimination by Veterans Affairs Spans Decades, Lawsuit Says

The Washington Post

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic represents Conley Monk Jr. in a case seeking redress for harm caused by long-standing racial disparities in veterans’ benefits programs.

Monday, November 28, 2022


In The Press

A Black Vietnam Veteran is Suing the VA for Discrimination

NPR

Adam Henderson ’23 is interviewed about a new case brought by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic in federal court.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022


In The Press

Civil Rights Group Sues Woodbridge for Allegedly Violating Housing Laws

Connecticut Public Radio

Mira Netsky ’23 comments on a lawsuit civil rights attorneys and housing advocates are bringing against the town of Woodbridge, Connecticut. The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is part of the legal team.

Friday, August 19, 2022


In The Press

Yale Students See Work On Opioid Case As Broadly Important

Law360

Layla Malamut ’23 and Laila Robbins ’24 discuss the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project’s win in a major opioid case against Walgreens.

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.

Student Profile Videos


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Reginald Dwayne Betts

A student perspective on clinics and financial aid.