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, May 16, 2022


Among the work of the Tech Accountability & Competition is to address content moderation and hate speech on social media, social media addiction among children and teenagers, and facial recognition and police surveillance.

Monday, May 2, 2022


Justice Sonia Sotomayor and panelists at the Liman Colloquium

Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’79 joined a panel of alumni moderated by Professor Judith Resnik to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Liman Center and more than 50 years of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization and Yale Law School’s clinical program.

Monday, May 2, 2022


Professor J.L. Pottenger Jr. ’75, Susan Sturm, and Deputy Dean for Experiential Education Muneer Ahmad at a panel in April 2022

Professor J.L. Pottenger Jr. ’75, Susan Sturm ’79, and Deputy Dean for Experiential Education Muneer Ahmad at a panel in April 2022

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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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021


In The Press

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

The Maine Monitor

A news report describes a lawsuit filed by the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic on behalf a Maine news outlet over a county’s refusal to release records about possible recording of jailhouse conversations.
 

Student Profile Videos


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Olevia Boykin

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