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YLS Alumni working in the Public Interest Sector
The Career Development Office and the Office of Alumni Affairs collaborate to maintain a database of more than 1400 alumni who have agreed to provide career-related advice to current students and other alumni. YLS Career Connections can be searched by employer type and practice area, making it a valuable networking resource for public interest students and alumni.

Summer Employment Evaluations on Public Interest Jobs
Some of the most popular materials in CDO are the evaluations collected from students about their summer employment. This provides a rich database of information about public interest jobs. The summer employment evaluations are maintained for five years and are available for current students online.

Membership in PSJD & the Government Honors and Internship Handbook
YLS Membership in PSJD allows Yale Law students and alumni to access a nationwide database of public interest organizations and job opportunities. PSJD, NALP’s Public Service Jobs Directory, is a network of 200 law schools and more than 13,000 law-related public interest organizations around the world. 

YLS also provides access to the Government Honors and Internships Handbook. This handbook contains hiring information on 40 federal agencies and provides an alphabetical listing of organizations with detailed information about summer and entry-level hiring. Students and alumni can contact CDO to obtain a user name and password to access the online system.

CDO Job Posting System
CDO maintains its own web-based database of job listings, including public interest job listings, for summer, entry level, and graduate opportunities.  Public interest employers can list positions on this online system without charge.

Public Interest Library Resources
The CDO library of public interest resources provides directories, inspirational books, and how-to guides. The library has the following public interest categories:  Government; Grants/FellowshipsLaw Firm Practice/Pro Bono and Public Interest/Nonprofit/Environmental.

Public Interest Publications
CDO produces a number of Public Interest Guides including:
Criminal Defense
Criminal Prosecution
Environmental Law 
International Public Interest Law 
Public Interest Careers 
Public Interest Fellowships: Volume I & Volume II
Working on Capitol Hill 

To access the public interest guides listed above, click here.

CDO also produces a number of public interest brochures, which you can access by clicking here.

Public Interest Programs Available on Streaming Video
CDO also provides students and alumni with online videos of many of our public interest programs. The video library includes the following public interest categories: Government, Grants/Fellowships, Law Firm Practice/Pro Bono and Public Interest/Nonprofit/Environmental.