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 thirteen 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, September 05, 2017


In The Press

Groups in NY seek legal challenge of Trump DACA rollback

Associated Press

Students with the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic are leading a legal challenge to President Trump’s proposed phase-out of DACA. Similar articles appeared in numerous other outlets.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


In The Press

Challenge That Blocked First Trump Travel Ban Is Settled

The New York Times

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is mentioned in an article about the settlement of the travel ban case that WIRAC worked on.

Friday, August 04, 2017


In The Press

No Sanctuary for the Immigration Lawyer

The New York Times

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 and students from the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic are mentioned in an opinion piece on the case of Nury Chavarria who was granted a stay of deportation after seeking sanctuary in a New Haven church.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


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Monday, May 1, 2017


3:12

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


2:45

Monday, April 24, 2017


8:00

Friday, April 21, 2017


3:09

Friday, September 15, 2017


In The Press

Experts: Veterans should ‘get out in the streets’ to protest government’s handling of ‘bad paper’

Stars and Stripes

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about a presentation he took part in in Washington regarding the military’s and VA’s handling of other-than-honorable discharges.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


In The Press

Democrats Begin Legal Assault on Trump’s Move to End ‘Dreamer’ Program

The New York Times

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 and Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law Andrew Pincus are quoted in an article about the various legal challenges to President Trump’s rollback of DACA.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


In The Press

Groups in NY seek legal challenge of Trump DACA rollback

Associated Press

Students with the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic are leading a legal challenge to President Trump’s proposed phase-out of DACA. Similar articles appeared in numerous other outlets.

Friday, September 1, 2017


In The Press

Court Bans Ex-Cadet’s Lawsuit Against West Point Superiors

The New York Times

Shikha Garg ’19 is quoted in an article about the outcome of a case of a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


In The Press

Challenge That Blocked First Trump Travel Ban Is Settled

The New York Times

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is mentioned in an article about the settlement of the travel ban case that WIRAC worked on.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


In The Press

Pentagon expands policy to upgrade vets’ bad paper discharges

Stars and Stripes

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about a Department of Defense directive that instructs the Army Review Boards Agency to give increased consideration to veterans looking to upgrade their less-than-honorable discharges.

Student Profile Videos


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Brandon Thompson

A student perspective on clinics and student organizations.