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 eight 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.

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.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020


In The Press

CT veteran sues for freedom, alleges prison system failed to provide adequate coronavirus protection

New Haven Register

Bardia Vaseghi ’22 is quoted, and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic mentioned, in a New Haven Register article about a veteran who is suing to be released from a Connecticut prison, alleging that it has failed to adequately protect him from the coronavirus.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


In The Press

Judge Rules in Favor of Federal Inmates in Coronavirus Suit, Orders Speedier Releases

Reason

Reason reports that a federal judge has ordered a Connecticut prison to expedite its process for releasing inmates at serious risk for COVID-19. The prisoners were represented in part by The Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic.

Monday, May 11, 2020


In The Press

Report Claims Vietnam-Era Veterans Were Exposed to Agent Orange on Guam

Military.com

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is mentioned in a Military.com article about a recently-released paper clinic members coauthored supporting claims by Vietnam-era veterans that they were exposed to Agent Orange on Guam.

Friday, May 1, 2020


In The Press

Connecticut Prisoners With COVID-19 Sent To Facility Critics Call ‘Instrument Of Torture’

WSHU

Executive director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights Hope Metcalf spoke to WSHU on conditions at a Connecticut correctional institution where prisoners with symptoms of COVID-19 are being housed.

Friday, May 1, 2020


In The Press

Protecting Incarcerated People In The Face Of COVID-19: A Commentary by Leanne Gale ’20, Faith Barksdale ’20, Megan Hauptman ’21, et al.

Health Affairs

Leanne Gale is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2020. Faith Barksdale is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2020. Megan Hauptman is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2021. Donald M. Berwick is the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; president emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


In The Press

Yale Law Clinic Students Help Small Businesses Navigate COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut Law Tribune

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law Jay Pottenger ’75 and Clinical Associate Professor of Law Anika Singh Lemar are mentioned in a Connecticut Law Tribune article about students with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization who are helping New Haven businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Hannah Abelow ’21, Natasha Kahn ’21, and Jeff Schroeder ’21 are quoted.

Student Profile Videos


Susanna Evarts
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Susanna D. Evarts

A student perspective on the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School.