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Public Interest Employers

Student Summer Public Interest Work

Each year, a significant number of law students devote half or all of their summer to work to public interest. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Yale Law students worked at the organizations listed below. To jump to a specific public interest category, select from the following: Federal Government, State/Local Government, Public Interest Organizations, Public Defenders, and Public Interest Organizations Abroad.

Federal Government

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Enforcement Division - Washington, DC

Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel - Washington, DC

Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights - Washington, DC

Department of Justice - Washington, DC
Antitrust Division
Civil Division, Appellate Section
Constitutional & Specialized Tort Litigation Section
Federal Programs Branch
Civil Rights Division
Educational Opportunities Section
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
Special Litigation Section
Voting Section
Criminal Division, Appellate Section
Criminal Division, Computer Crime & IP Section
Criminal Division, Fraud Section
Environment & Natural Resources Division, Environmental Defense Section
Environment & Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section
National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section
National Security Division, Office of Law & Policy
Office of Legal Policy
Tax Division, Appellate Section

Department of Health & Human Services, Office of General Counsel - Region 1 - Chicago, IL

Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser - Washington, DC

Department of Treasury - Washington, DC
Office of Foreign Asset Control
Office of Tax Policy
Office of Terrorism & Financial Intelligence

Executive Office of the President - Washington, DC
Domestic Policy Council
National Economic Council
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Office of the Vice President
Office of White House Counsel

Federal Communications Commission - Washington, DC

Federal Trade Commission - Washington, DC
Bureau of Competition
Bureau of Consumer Protection

House of Representatives, Office of Legislative Counsel - Washington, DC

Securities & Exchange Commission - Washington, DC and New York, NY
Enforcement Division
Equal Opportunity Office

Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs - Washington, DC

Senate Judiciary Committee - Washington, DC

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Judiciary Committee - Washington, DC

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Judiciary Committee - Washington, DC

U.S. Attorneys
Arizona - Phoenix
California - Los Angeles (CDCA)
California - San Francisco (NDCA)
Connecticut - New Haven
District of Columbia - Washington
District of Maryland - Greenbelt (Southern Division)
District of Massachusetts - Boston
Georgia- Atlanta (NDGA)
Massachusetts - Boston
New York - Brooklyn (EDNY)
New York (SDNY)

U.S. Military Commission, GTMO - Office of the Chief Prosecutor - Washington, DC

State and Local Government

Alaska Department of Law - Juneau, AK

          Attorney Generals 
          California Department of Justice - Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA 
          Indiana Solicitor General - Indianapolis, IN 
          New York State - New York, NY 
          Virginia Solicitor General - Richmond, VA 

          City Attorney’s Office 
          San Francisco, CA 
          New Orleans, LA 

          Connecticut Commission for Human Rights and Opportunities - Hartford, CT 

          Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection - Hartford, CT 

          Connecticut General Counsel’s Office - Hartford, CT 

          King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office - Seattle, WA 

          Louisiana Department of Education - Baton Rouge, LA 

          New Orleans City Attorney’s Office - New Orleans, LA 

          New York City, Department of Education - New York, NY 

          New York City, Law Department - New York, NY 

          Office of Capital Writs - Austin, TX 

          Office of the Mayor, Cory Booker - Newark, NJ

Public Interest

California - Los Angeles, Santa Ana & San Diego
Immigrants’ Rights Project - San Francisco, CA
New York - Criminal Reform Project
New York - Immigrants’ Rights Project
New York - Reproductive Freedom Project
New York - Women’s Rights Project
Washington - Seattle, WA
Washington, DC - Legislative Office
Washington, DC - National Prison Project

Advancement Project - Washington, DC

Advocates for Children of New York - New York, NY

Alliance Defense Fund - Phoenix, AZ

Appalachian Citizens Law Center - Whitesburg, KY

Appalachian Mountain Advocates -
Lewisburg, WV

Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund - New York, NY

Aspen Institute, Initiative on Financial Security - Washington, DC

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty - Washington, DC

Bet Tzedek Legal - Los Angeles, CA

Brookings Institution - Washington, DC

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A - Brooklyn, NY

California Rural Legal Assistance - Oxnard, CA

Campaign Legal Center - Washington, DC

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition - Washington, DC

Center for American Progress - Washington, DC

Center for Biological Diversity - San Francisco, CA

Center for Constitutional Rights - New York, NY

Center for International Environmental Law - Washington, DC

Children’s Rights - New York, NY

Community Economic Development Clinic, Yale Law School - New Haven, CT

Compassion Over Killing - Torrance, CA

Constitution Project - Washington, DC

East Bay Community Law Center - Berkeley, CA

Electronic Frontier Foundation - San Francisco, CA

Environmental Defense Fund - Washington, DC

Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice - Atlanta, GA

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders - Boston, MA

GiveWell - San Francisco, CA

Greater Boston Legal Services - Boston, MA

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law - Los Angeles, CA

Health Care for All - Boston, MA

Human Rights Watch - New York, NY

Indego Africa - New York, NY

Indian Law Resource Center - Helena, MT

Innocence Project - New Orleans, LA

Institute for Justice - Arlington, VA

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission - New York, NY

Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, Yale Law School - New Haven, CT

Juvenile Regional Services - New Orleans, LA

LatinoJustice PRLDEF - New York, NY

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL

Lawyers for Children - New York, NY

Legal Aid Society - New York, NY

Juvenile Rights Division - Bronx, NY

Legal Assistance Foundation - Chicago, IL

Legal Momentum - New York, NY

Louisiana Bucket Brigade - New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Capital Assistance Center - New Orleans, LA

Make the Road by Walking - New York, NY

MALDEF - Washington, DC

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law & Neuroscience - Nashville, TN

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund - New York, NY and Washington, DC

National Health Law Program - Chapel Hill, NC

National Immigration Law Center - Los Angeles, CA

National Immigration Project - Boston, MA

National Institute for Military Justice - New York, NY

National Women’s Law Center - Washington, DC

Natural Resources Defense Council - New York, NY

Nature Conservancy - Boston, MA

Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem - New York, NY

Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project - New York, NY

New Haven Legal Assistance - New Haven, CT

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) - New Orleans, LA

New York Civil Liberties Union - New York, NY

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest - New York, NY

New York Legal Aid Society - New York, NY

New York Legal Assistance Group - New York, NY

Oceana, Inc. - Washington, DC

Ohio Environmental Law Center - Columbus, OH

Ohio Justice & Policy Center - Cincinnati, OH

Planned Parenthood Federation of America - New York, NY

Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Legal Services - Louisville, KY

Public Advocates, Inc. - San Francisco, CA

Public Citizen - Washington, DC

Public Counsel Law Center - Los Angeles, CA

Public International Law & Policy Group - Washington, DC

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - Washington, DC

Riverkeeper - Ossining, NY

Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center - Denver, CO

Rush University Medical Center, Office of General Counsel - Chicago, IL

Sanctuary for Families - New York, NY

Sargent Shriver National Center on Employment Law - Chicago, IL

Sentencing Project - Washington, DC

South Brooklyn Legal Services - Brooklyn, NY

Southern Center for Human Rights - Atlanta, GA

Southern Poverty Law Center - Montgomery, AL

Texas Civil Rights Project - Austin, TX

UNITE HERE! (Local 11) - Los Angeles, CA

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation - Menlo Park, CA

World Bank
Office of Suspension & Disbarment - Washington, DC
Sanctions Board - Washington, DC

Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy - New Haven, CT  

Public Defenders

Bronx Defenders - Bronx, NY

Federal Defenders of New York - New York, NY

Federal Defender Program - Chicago, IL

Federal Public Defender
District of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ
Central District of California - Los Angeles, CA
Northern District of California - Oakland, CA
District of Connecticut - New Haven, CT
Middle District of Florida - Orlando, FL
District of MA/NH/RI - Boston, MA

Office of the Appellate Defender - New York, NY

Orleans Public Defenders - New Orleans, LA

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

Texas Defender Service - Houston, TX 

Public Interest Organizations Abroad

Alternative Law Forum - Bangalore, India

Asylum Access - Quito, Ecuador

Beijing Zhi-Cheng Migrant Workers’ Legal Aid & Research Center - Beijing, China

Center for Child Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria - Pretoria, South Africa

Center for Policy Alternatives - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Center on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, University of Palermo - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez - Mexico City, Mexico

Centro de los Derechos Migrante - Mexico City, Mexico

Constitutional Court of Germany - Karlsruhe, Germany

Constitutional Court of Korea - Seoul, Korea

Documentation Center of Cambodia - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Droit et Justice - Casablanca, Morocco

European Court of Human Rights - Strasbourg, France

High Court of Bombay, Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud - Mumbai, India

Human Rights Watch - Cairo, Egypt 

International Criminal Court - The Hague, Netherlands

International Justice Mission - Kampala, Uganda

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project - Amman, Jordan and Istanbul, Turkey

Lawyers for Human Rights - Johannesburg, South Africa and Pretoria, South Africa

Mental Disability Advocacy Centre - Budapest, Hungary

Supreme Court of Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil

Supreme Court of Israel - Jerusalem, Israel

Supreme Court of Pakistan - Islamabad, Pakistan

Timap for Justice - Freetown, Sierra Leone

United Nations
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia - The Hague, Netherlands
United Nations Development Programme - Kathmandu, Nepal
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Geneva, Switzerland

Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation - Iqaluit, Nunavut

Worker Rights Consortium - Dhaka, Bangladesh