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 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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

In The Press

Settlement reached between Matsu Sushi owners, workers

Westport News

Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law James Bhandary-Alexander and Carolina Yamamoto ’21 are quoted in a Westport News article on the resolution of a labor dispute between two workers and a restaurateur.

Friday, November 22, 2019

In The Press

How 2 Student Litigators Defeated a Veteran Attorney in Court

Connecticut Law Tribune

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law Jay Pottenger, Jr. ’75 and Shannon Price ’20 are quoted, and Nathan Leys ’20 mentioned, in a Connecticut Law Tribune article about a recent victory involving a New Haven tenant who was living with an infestation of pests. The tenant is represented by students with the Housing Court Clinic.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In The Press

Yale Law School Case Integral To Supreme Court Argument Over DACA

WNPR / Connecticut Public Radio

Ramis Wadood ’21 was interviewed on Connecticut Public Radio about cases before the Supreme Court that argue to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic is representing clients in one of the cases.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

In The Press

Supreme Court hears arguments on DACA program as CT immigrants wait

Connecticut Post

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93, Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad, and Clinical Associate Professor of Law Marisol Oriheula ’08 are mentioned in a Connecticut Post article about the DACA cases before the Supreme Court.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

In The Press

Veterans’ Suit Over ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges Moves Forward

WNPR / Connecticut Public Radio

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic is mentioned in a WNPR story about a class-action lawsuit involving veterans who say they’ve been wrongfully denied discharge upgrades.

Friday, October 18, 2019

In The Press

Prison officials ask to toss lawsuit on execution access

Associated Press

Anna Kaur ’21 is quoted and the Media Freedom & Information Access Clinic is mentioned in a Washington Post story about a lawsuit challenging the Virginia Department of Corrections regarding access to executions. The four media outlets are represented in part by the Clinic.

Student Profile Videos


Arash Ghiassi

A student perspective on public interest law, clinics, student organizations, and the RebLaw conference.