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 80% of our students take advantage of this unique opportunity to combine theory with practice, and many students take more than one clinic. With more than 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 ten clinics, including the Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic, 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.

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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


In The Press

Do You Have The Right To Plead Not Guilty When Your Lawyer Disagrees?

National Public Radio/ Morning Edition

George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law Lawrence Fox was interviewed about whether it is constitutional for a lawyer to act in his client’s best interests while acting against his wishes.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


In The Press

Veteran Sickened By Plutonium After H-Bomb Accident Brings Class Action Suit

WSHU

Meghan Brooks ’19 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a story about a class actions suit challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. 

Monday, November 27, 2017


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


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Friday, November 17, 2017


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017


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Monday, May 1, 2017


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


In The Press

Do You Have The Right To Plead Not Guilty When Your Lawyer Disagrees?

National Public Radio/ Morning Edition

George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law Lawrence Fox was interviewed about whether it is constitutional for a lawyer to act in his client’s best interests while acting against his wishes.

Friday, January 5, 2018


In The Press

To Try to Save Client’s Life, a Lawyer Ignored His Wishes. Can He Do That?

The New York Times

George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law Lawrence Fox is quoted in an article about whether it is constitutional for a lawyer to act in his client’s best interests while acting against his wishes.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


In The Press

Veterans' Groups Suing Military for Access to Sex-Assault Records

Law.com

Protect Our Defenders and the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center filed suit to gain access to records related to gender disparities within the military. The groups are represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


In The Press

Veteran Sickened By Plutonium After H-Bomb Accident Brings Class Action Suit

WSHU

Meghan Brooks ’19 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a story about a class actions suit challenging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ refusal to provide disability compensation to veterans exposed to ionizing radiation. 

Monday, December 11, 2017


In The Press

New initiative seeks employments for vets with 'bad paper'

The Day

Alyssa Peterson’19 and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic are mentioned in an article about efforts to assist veteran job seekers who've received an other-than-honorable discharge from the military.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


In The Press

Former Lamonte McIntyre prosecutor accused in new case of threatening a witness, misconduct

Kansas City Star

George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law Larry Fox is quoted in an article about court cases affected by the misconduct of a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office there.

Student Profile Videos


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Cecilia Cheng

A student perspective on antitrust law, student organizations, and clinics at Yale Law School.