Students in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) represent immigrants, low-wage workers, and their organizations in labor, immigration, criminal justice, civil rights, and other matters.  The clinic docket includes cases at all stages of legal proceedings in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. District Court, the Second Circuit, and before Connecticut state agencies and courts.  Its non-litigation work includes the representation of grassroots organizations, labor unions, and other groups in regulatory and legislative reform efforts, media advocacy, strategic planning, and other matters.  All students handle at least one litigation and one non-litigation matter, and have the opportunity to explore multiple practice areas.  The WIRAC seminar meets weekly and is centered on a practice-oriented examination of advocacy on behalf of workers, immigrants, and social movements, and an extended analysis of community and social justice lawyering.

WIRAC is supported in part by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.


WIRAC members Dana Bolger ’19, Erin Drake ’20,
and Aseem Mehta ’20 in fall 2018.


Michael Wishnie
Muneer Ahmad
Marisol Orihuela

Robert M. Cover Fellowship in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic


Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) provides legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal services but unable to afford private attorneys.

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.

The Criminal Justice Clinic has given me the unique opportunity to represent a client in court as a first-year law student. Experiential learning has been the most meaningful part of law school so far, and it has exposed me to the criminal justice system first-hand.”

Destiny Lopez

Class of 2021