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 ten 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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


In The Press

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution: A Reader’s Guide—A Commentary by Harold Hongju Koh, Phil Spector ’00, Matthew Blumenthal ’15, Sameer Jaywant ’18, Chris Looney ’19, Richard Medina ’18, and Nathaniel Zelinsky ’18

Just Security

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law, Phil Spector ’00 is a Visiting Lecturer in Law, Matthew Blumenthal ’15 is a fellow, and Sameer Jaywant ’18, Chris Looney ’19, Richard Medina ’18, and Nathaniel Zelinksy ’18 are students at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018


In The Press

Yale's civil litigation clinic aims to train law students and make a difference

ABA Journal

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Heather Gerken, Jeremy Pilaar ’18, and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin ’18 are quoted in an article on the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


In The Press

Connecticut Army Veteran Gets Discharge Upgrade

The Hartford Courant

Helen White ’18 is quoted in an article about an Army veteran represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic who has won an eight-year legal battle to have his discharge status upgraded to “honorable.”

Tuesday, April 03, 2018


In The Press

Westville “New Urbanist” Vision Advances

New Haven Independent

Kendyl Clausen ’19 is quoted and the Community & Economic Development clinic mentioned in an article on a zoning change to the Westville district of New Haven

Thursday, March 1, 2018


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Monday, February 26, 2018


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Monday, November 27, 2017


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


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Friday, November 17, 2017


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


In The Press

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution: A Reader’s Guide—A Commentary by Harold Hongju Koh, Phil Spector ’00, Matthew Blumenthal ’15, Sameer Jaywant ’18, Chris Looney ’19, Richard Medina ’18, and Nathaniel Zelinsky ’18

Just Security

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law, Phil Spector ’00 is a Visiting Lecturer in Law, Matthew Blumenthal ’15 is a fellow, and Sameer Jaywant ’18, Chris Looney ’19, Richard Medina ’18, and Nathaniel Zelinksy ’18 are students at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


In The Press

ICE Lies In Wait At Elm Street Courthouse

New Haven Independent

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about detainer requests used by ICE to keep criminal suspects in lock-up so that they may be brought into federal custody.

Friday, April 13, 2018


In The Press

Illinois court panel breaks new ground in condemning police deceptions

Injustice Watch

Clinical Associate Professor Miriam Gohara is quoted in an article about a ruling in appellate court challenging police use of deception.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


In The Press

Yale's civil litigation clinic aims to train law students and make a difference

ABA Journal

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law Heather Gerken, Jeremy Pilaar ’18, and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin ’18 are quoted in an article on the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


In The Press

Common Cause & Voting Rights Institute File SCOTUS Brief in Challenge to Texas Racial Gerrymander

Common Dreams

Common Cause announced that it and Voting Rights Institute have filed an amici brief in support of a challenge to racial gerrymandering in Texas now before the Supreme Court. The groups are supported by the YLS Supreme Court Clinic.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


In The Press

Connecticut Army Veteran Gets Discharge Upgrade

The Hartford Courant

Helen White ’18 is quoted in an article about an Army veteran represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic who has won an eight-year legal battle to have his discharge status upgraded to “honorable.”

Student Profile Videos


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Jonas Wang

A student perspective on student organizations and clinics.