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 eight 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 here, 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.


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.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

In The Press

Case over 1966 US bomb accident in Spain goes before court

Associated Press

Lily Halpern ’21 is quoted in an Associated Press story about the developments in a class action suit challenging Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. The plaintiffs are represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

In The Press

C.I.A. Uncensors Memoir of F.B.I. Agent Who Protested Torture of Terrorists

The New York Times

The New York Times covers the story of a former FBI agent whose book was redacted after the CIA took issue with his eyewitness account of its interrogation of Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah. The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic assisted a filmmaker and a journalist in their efforts to gain access to the redacted information.

Friday, August 28, 2020

In The Press

Young immigrants challenge Trump administration decision to scale back DACA program

CBS News

The Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic is mentioned in a CBS News report on a complaint filed in federal court that challenges the Trump administration’s efforts to scale back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

In The Press

Danbury prison, inmates reach settlement in coronavirus suit

Danbury News-Times

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Marisol Orihuela ’08 is quoted in the Danbury News-Times about a settlement reached in a lawsuit between inmates and the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Danbury.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

In The Press

CT veteran sues for freedom, alleges prison system failed to provide adequate coronavirus protection

New Haven Register

Bardia Vaseghi ’22 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a New Haven Register article about a veteran who is suing to be released from a Connecticut prison, alleging that it has failed to adequately protect him from the coronavirus.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In The Press

Judge Rules in Favor of Federal Inmates in Coronavirus Suit, Orders Speedier Releases


Reason reports that a federal judge has ordered a Connecticut prison to expedite its process for releasing inmates at serious risk for COVID-19. The prisoners were represented in part by The Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic.

Student Profile Videos


Olevia Boykin

A student perspective on clinics and criminal justice law at Yale Law School.