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.


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, March 9, 2018

In The Press

Veterans Affairs Under Fire for Stonewalling Records Demand

Courthouse News Service

A report on a complaint filed against the VA by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic requesting records related to the handling of sexual assault cases involving male victims.

Monday, March 5, 2018

In The Press

First Amendment Cannot Shield Exxon from Climate Probe, New York AG Argues

Climate Liability News

Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer in Law David Schulz '78 is quoted in a story about efforts by Exxon to use the First Amendment as a shield against fraud probes by New York and Massachusetts.

Friday, March 2, 2018

In The Press

Suit Calls Navy Board Biased Against Veterans With PTSD

The New York Times

A class-action lawsuit filed today by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic is the focus of a story. YLS student Jonathan Petkun '19 is quoted.

Friday, March 2, 2018

In The Press

Oil Was Central in Decision to Shrink Bears Ears Monument, Emails Show

The New York Times

The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic is mentioned in an article about its work suing for the release of documents related to national monuments.

Friday, March 2, 2018

In The Press

I Saw a Genocide in Slow Motion

The New York Times

A 2015 report by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic about the persecution of Rohingya Muslims is referenced in a commentary.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

In The Press

ICE Blasted For Courthouse Arrests

New Haven Independent

William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie '93 is quoted in a story about ICE arresting immigrants who are appearing in court on non-immigration related charges.

Student Profile Videos


Sam Adkisson

A student perspective on clinics, student organizations, and the intellectual community at Yale Law School.