Public Interest Law

About 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.

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Clinics & Courses

Public Interest Overview

Public Interest Activities

Most YLS students perform public service in activities ranging from legal research and writing to outreach in the New Haven public schools. A number of YLS centers and projects offer fellowships and other opportunities for public service.

Public Interest Activities

Public Interest Career Services

Public Interest Career Services are available through the Career Development Office, which offers specialized counseling, as well as a wide array of services, programs, events, and resources for public interest minded students and alumni in all stages of their career development.

Career Services

Events & Programs



Public Interest Employers

For Public Interest Employers

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Liman Colloquium

Thursday, April 6, 2017
(All day)
Yale Law School

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Monday, December 21, 2015


Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Monday, November 9, 2015


Monday, November 2, 2015


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In The Press

Los Angeles County Restricts Solitary for Juveniles

The New York Times

Arthur Liman Professor of Law Judith Resnik is quoted in an article about a Los Angeles County plan to restrict the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in detention there.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In The Press

What is solitary confinement?; From what it is to how much it costs, we answer key questions about the solitary confinement of prisoners

The Guardian

A report co-authored by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program is cited in an article about solitary confinement.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In The Press

Target Steps Out in Front of Bathroom Choice Debate

The New York Times

John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence Bill Eskridge ’78 is quoted in an article about Target’s policy that allows people to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identities.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In The Press

Lawsuit filed against VA for those affected by toxic water at Camp Lejeune


Helen White ’18 and Rory Minnis ’17 are quoted in a story about a lawsuit filed by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic against the Veterans Administration on behalf of veterans seeking information on decisions made around medical claims relating to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Monday, April 25, 2016

In The Press

The exceptions: Among Vietnam vets, a rare few score Agent Orange benefits for bladder cancer

The Virginian-Pilot

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about the number of Vietnam veterans who have been able to receive disability benefits related to their exposure to Agent Orange.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

In The Press

Gurvey's Law


John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William Eskridge ’78 was a guest where he discussed North Carolina’s new HB2 law.

Alumni & Student Profiles


Mollie Lee

Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney's Office, San Francisco, CA

I’m really passionate about three things. I want to have less violence, fewer prisoners, and better schools.”

Professor James Forman, Jr.

Class of 1992