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.

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. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


In The Press

The police can search your email without telling you. That’s nuts.—A Commentary by Hannah Bloch-Wehba

Vox

Hannah Bloch-Wehba is a Clinical Lecturer in Law, an Associate Research Scholar in Law, and a Stanton First Amendment Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

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


3:12

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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


In The Press

The police can search your email without telling you. That’s nuts.—A Commentary by Hannah Bloch-Wehba

Vox

Hannah Bloch-Wehba is a Clinical Lecturer in Law, an Associate Research Scholar in Law, and a Stanton First Amendment Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

Friday, November 17, 2017


In The Press

In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

The New York Times

Emily Villano ’19 is quoted in an article about developments in the legal challenge to the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program. The Worker and Immigrant Right Clinic at YLS is representing plaintiffs in the case.

Monday, November 13, 2017


In The Press

Spy Court Says ACLU Can Seek Data Collection Rulings

Law360

Clinical Lecturer in Law John Langford ’14 is quoted in an article about the MFIA Clinic and ACLU winning a key victory for public access to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Student Profile Videos


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Rachel Chung

A student perspective on clinics and student organizations.