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Public Interest Law

Every year the YLS community brings energy and vision to work for the public good. Typically, 60 percent of students participate in public interest activitieseach academic year, either throughclinics or voluntary student groups, and can choose from an array of public interest-related courses.

Beyond the academic year, the YLS community's commitment to public interest continues, as approximately three-quarters of the first-year class take jobs in the public interest, many funded by Summer Public Interest Fellowships. After graduation, the Law School provides financial support for public interest work in the form of loan forgiveness and specialized fellowships. Five years after graduating, about 25 percent of each YLS class is working in public service .

The first time I walked into a courtroom, my stomach was doing cartwheels.
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