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The Study of Law at Yale Law School

Although there are no specific areas of concentration at Yale Law School, here are some areas currently of interest to students looking at the Law School’s programs and courses.
Administrative Law
Comparative Administrative Law Initiative
Constitutional Law
Corporate Law
Environmental Law
Human Rights Law
Information Technology Law
International Law
Law and Health
Law and Media
Law Teaching
Public Interest Law

Administrative Law & Public Policy
The Law School is at the heart of a movement to expand the once-narrow field of law and economics to embrace a broader intellectual enterprise that applies the methods of economic analysis to almost all areas of law. Much of the Law School's activity in this area is carried out by the John M. Olin Center for the Study of Law, Economics and Public Policy. More on Administrative Law and Public Policy…

Comparative Administrative Law Initiative
The Comparative Administrative Law Initiative at Yale Law School studies the way administrative law principles and practices interact with other governmental institutions. Its comparative focus is broad, encompassing established and emerging democracies and non-democratic regimes. With countries facing similar public policy challenges, the initiative seeks to analyze the diverse models of state-society relations that exist throughout the world and to study their implications for public accountability, public policy, and competent government. More on Comparative Administrative Law…

Constitutional Law
The Law School is renowned as a center for scholarship in constitutional law, and prominent scholars are well represented on the School’s faculty. Student organizations, like chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society, often provide spirited debate during public events held at the Law School. More on Constitutional Law…

Corporate Law
The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law helps to enhance the intellectual life of the Law School in the business law area. The center's focus of study includes corporate law and the law of other nongovernmental organizations, the regulation of financial markets, and the legal framework of finance. The Law School offers a strong business law curriculum, joint degree and doctoral degree programs with the Graduate School and the Yale School of Management, and a host of lectures and conferences on the important corporate law issues of the day.

Environmental Law
The arrival of some outstanding new faculty and visiting faculty, new curricular offerings, a strong partnership with Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES), and an active environmental law clinic are just some of the elements of Yale Law School’s expanded program in environmental law and policy.

Human Rights Law
Since 1989, the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights has been the home of the Law School’s human rights efforts. Activities at the School include the Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Law Clinic, numerous conferences and special events, support for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, as well as other student projects related to human rights. Bernstein Fellowships and Robina Foundation Fellowships provide recent graduates of the Law School support for a full year of human rights work. The Robina Human Rights Fellowship Initiative also provides scholarships for JD students interested in human rights, Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships and Robina Visiting Human Rights Fellowships.

Information Technology Law
Students interested in studying the implications of the Internet, telecommunications, and the new information technologies on law and society gravitate to the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School. The project embraces a variety of activities, including fellowships for young scholars and advice and education for policy makers, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and the legal community.

International Law
Opportunities to study international law abound, with Dean Robert Post continuing to strengthen the School’s commitment to the globalization of the curriculum. The School’s active and growing China Center, its programs in the Middle East and Latin America, and its annual Global Constitutionalism Seminar are just a few of the international educational opportunities that supplement the School’s curricular offerings and lecture programs. More on International Law…

Law and Health
The YLS Law and Health Initiative brings together students and faculty with practitioners and policymakers at the intersection of law, policy, and health. Its goal is to serve as a focal point for student interests and the many health-related activities, projects, and resources at the Law School and the University. More on Law and Health…

Law and Media
Yale Law School has long focused on the intersection of law, media, and journalism. The Law and Media Program builds on this history and is directed toward Yale Law School students who plan to be journalists, advocates for journalists, policy makers or leaders in the media industry; working journalists who seek a deeper understanding of law, media, and policy; and scholars who study cutting-edge issues of law and media. More on Law and Media…

Law Teaching
Yale Law School is the country’s leading institution for producing legal academics. Our Law Teaching Program provides J.D. students, graduate students and post-graduate fellows with training and information about careers in academia. More on Law Teaching…

Public Interest Law
Yale Law School has a strong tradition of service in the public interest. In addition to the rich curricular offerings, approximately 80 percent of students take part in a clinic during their time at the Law School, and unlike other law schools, students can engage in clinic activities after the first term. The Law School offers generous financial support for public interest work both during and after law school, along with specialized counseling and job placement assistance through the Career Development Office. In addition to the clinical opportunities, programs like the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program support the work of Yale Law students and graduates conducting research and offer fellowships in public interest law. A large number of our incoming students also express interest in engaging in human rights work. More on Public Interest Law…

 

"You have the freedom to pursue any area of the law in which you are interested, and you are given the resources and support to do it at the highest level possible,” says Lisa Schwartz '08, from East Hills, New York.
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