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For Public Interest Employers

Typically 25-30% of YLS graduates take public interest jobs as their first non-clerkship employment after graduation.  Five years after graduation, approximately 30% are in public interest positions.

YLS students are very interested in working with government and non-profit organizations during the summers, terms, and after graduation.  The great news is that often they can come to you with funding from the law school or from other entities.

YLS Support for Student Work with Public Interest Employers

A. Summer
YLS has a Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program (SPIF) that provides a weekly stipend for students who need support to take a public interest job over the summer.  With the help of SPIF, YLS students take jobs all over the country and the globe in the government and nonprofit sectors.

B. Post-Graduate
YLS also has several fellowship programs that provide a year of post-graduate funding for students to work in the public interest. The majority of these fellowships require a sponsoring organization. Click here for more information on the YLS fellowships. In addition, many YLS students apply for other fellowships, such as the Skadden and EJW, which require a sponsoring organization. CDO also has information on organization-based fellowships.  

C. Term-Time
Both the Pro Bono Network and the Lowenstein Project take projects from public interest organizations and match them with students to complete during the course of each term.  PBN focuses on domestic work and the Lowenstein Project focuses on international work. For more information on submitting a project to the Pro Bono Network click here. For more information on the Lowenstein Project click here.

D. PSJD
Through the law school's membership in PSJD, YLS students and alumni have access to the PSJD database, a searchable and current database of thousands of organizations and opportunities for internships, fellowships, and post-graduate employment in the public interest. CDO encourages all public interest employers to post their organization’s profile and openings on PSJD. This is a free service to employers and students at member schools. 

CDO Services for Public Interest Employers
CDO maintains an online system for employers to advertise opportunities for our students.  Please consider posting an opportunity on our website for summer work (paid or volunteer), post-graduate jobs, fellowships, sponsorships (either a YLS fellowship, or a Skadden, EJW, or other).  All  postings are free of charge. If you are interested in posting a job opportunity, click here

Every year CDO orchestrates Fall and Spring Interview Programs in New Haven to help our students find summer and post graduate work.  The largest annual event, the Fall Interview Program (FIP), brings private sector and public interest employers to New Haven to interview upper class students. The Spring Interview Program (SIP), a smaller-scale program, is aimed primarily at first-year students.  CDO absorbs all registration costs and costs of the interview rooms for these programs for public interest employers. Because of our summer funding program, public interest employers can interview at FIP and SIP even when they have no paid positions available and are eager for volunteers.  To learn more about registering for FIP and SIP, click here.