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 two dozen 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 two dozen 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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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In The Press

Court victory aids veterans in benefit denials

The New Haven Register

John Giamatteao ’17, a student with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, is quoted in an article about a court decision that will allow a class-action challenge to appeals of benefit denials by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In The Press

Connecticut Veterans Sue Army Over Less-Than-Honorable Discharges Due To PTSD


Helen White ’18 is quoted in a story about a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans given unfair less-than-honorable discharges. They are being represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Monday, April 17, 2017

In The Press

Suit aims to help wounded veterans correct unfair discharges

New Haven Register

Johnathan Petkun ’19 and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal ’73 are quoted in an article about a class-action lawsuit filed by on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans given an unfair less-than-honorable discharge. They are being represented by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

In The Press

Day two of federal court hearing on death row inmate lawsuit

Arkansas Times

George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law Lawrence Fox is quoted in an article about a hearing on whether eight inmates scheduled to die by lethal injection have had their right to effective counsel violated by the state’s expedited scheduling of the executions.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In The Press

Lawsuit Over Connecticut Quarantines During 2014 Ebola Epidemic Dismissed

Legal Reader

Kyle Edwards ’18 and Emma Roth ’17 are quoted in an article about the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Clinic charging that the government of Connecticut displayed a pattern and practice of unlawful quarantine of travelers from countries affected by Ebola.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In The Press

Get Politics, Guesswork Out Of School Funding—A Commentary by Matt Nguyen ’19, Brandon Levin ’19, and Eric Chung ’17

The Hartford Courant

Matt Nguyen ’19, Brandon Levin ’19, and Eric Chung’17 of the Education Advocacy Clinic are students at Yale Law School.

Student Profile Videos


John Rafael Perez

A student perspective on clinics, human rights law, and student organizations.