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.


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.

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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


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.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

In The Press

“Riffraff” Phobia Emerges At Parkside Hearing

Branford Eagle

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law Jay Pottenger ’75 is quoted in a report on a public hearing about a proposed low-income housing project in Branford.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In The Press

Betsy DeVos’ Unexcused Absences

US News and World Report

Clinical Lecturer in Law and the Abrams Clinical Fellow for the Information Society Project's Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic John Langford ’14 is quoted in an article about the lack of information being made public about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ schedule.

Friday, October 27, 2017

In The Press

Former CT National Guard soldier wins fight to upgrade discharge

The Day

Jordan Goldberg ’19 is quoted, and YLS professor Michael Wishnie ’93, clinical lecturer Aaron Wenzloff, Catherine McCarthy ’19, Jonathan Petkun ’19, Giovanni Sanchez ’19 and Helen White ’18 are mentioned in an article about a former National Guard soldier who won her case to upgrade her discharge status. The soldier was represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In The Press

Appeals courts block access to DACA cancellation files


William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article that reports on updates to the legal challenges to President Trump’s plans to end the DACA program.

Student Profile Videos


Jeremy Pilaar

A student perspective on the SFALP clinic and fellowships at Yale Law School.