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Options Within the J.D. Program

At Yale Law School, a broad range of opportunities enables you to craft the legal education you want. Students choose from among hundreds of courses, clinics, and special study options—all the while working closely with our renowned faculty.

Will you take a First Amendment law course with a renowned legal theorist or travel abroad on a self-directed human rights project or delve into research on a crucial issue? The choices—including some rare opportunities—are exceptional.

Independent and Group Reading
Changing standards and responsibilities in the appointment of Supreme Court Justices, the nature and limits of property law in areas of intellectual products and information, the intersection of disabilities law and the treatment of incarcerated individuals—at YLS students can delve into important issues for credit under two programs:

  • individual reading and/or research with a faculty member
  • reading groups. More...

Intensive Semester Research Program
Students in their fourth or fifth term can immerse themselves intensively in a major research project leading to a significant academic project, either at or away from the Law School.  More...

Student Directed Projects and Programs
A wide range of projects and programs—from the Green Haven Prison Project to the Yale Journal on Regulation—reflect the interests and energies of Yale Law School’s exceptional student body. In the second term, students may begin participation in these programs, which are run by students under the general supervision of a faculty adviser. More...

Courses Outside the Law School
After the first term, YLS students may take courses in the graduate and professional schools or undergraduate college of Yale University for Law School credit—a great opportunity to leverage the excellence of the larger University. More...

Joint Degree Programs
The Law School offers programs leading to a master’s degree and a J.D or to a doctorate and a J.D for those who wish to acquire the specialized skills of some body of knowledge related to law.  Students pursue joint degrees with a variety of programs—from the Yale School of Management and the Graduate School to the Schools of Divinity, Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Medicine. More…
 
Clinical Opportunities
Unlike most other law schools, Yale Law students can engage in work at any number of clinics after the first term. More than a dozen clinics—focusing on child advocacy, criminal law, legal assistance, and more—are offered by the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO); these, along with a number of other clinics enable Yale students to broaden their understanding of the law and build their skills to practice law. More about LSO...

More about other clinics…