A Robust and Unique Clinical Program

Yale Law School has one of the most robust clinical programs in the country. Unlike most other schools, students can begin taking clinics—and appearing in court—during the spring of their first year. Clinic students represent real clients with real legal problems (not in simulations or role-playing exercises), and are supervised by senior faculty members, with whom they often develop close and lasting mentoring relationships.

About 80% of our students take advantage of this unique opportunity to combine theory with practice, and many students take more than one clinic. With over 20 clinics, there are almost always places available.

In addition to the clinics in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, and the clinics and projects listed here, a number of other centers and programs also offer experiential learning opportunities. Simulation courses are also offered in such areas as Appellate Advocacy, Corporate Crisis Management, and Negotiating and Drafting M&A Agreements. Read more about our business simulation courses.

Ways to Engage

Our Clinics

Yale Law School offers more than two dozen clinics that provide students with hands on, practical experience in the law on a diverse range of subject matters.


Yale Law School offers a suite of innovative simulation courses based on real-world case studies.

Centers and Workshops

Yale Law School enhances the intellectual life of its academic community by sponsoring a variety of centers, programs, and workshops, inspired by the interests of its faculty and students.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In The Press

It’s Time for the United Nations to Compensate Haiti for Its Cholera Disaster—A Commentary by Muneer I. Ahmad and Alice M. Miller

The Nation

Muneer I. Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law and Alice M. Miller is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law and the Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

In The Press

Honduran Family Files Lawsuit Over Alleged Abuse At Detention Facility


A suit filed by the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic is discussed in a story about a Honduran family who are suing the federal government over alleged abuses they experienced in a detention center run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In The Press

Two Connecticut School Systems, for the Rich and Poor—A Commentary by Lincoln Caplan


Lincoln Caplan is the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In The Press

Justice Department Bringing New Information to Case at Supreme Court; Move follows government apologizes for erroneous information provided in this manner

Wall Street Journal Online

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about concerns over the veracity of information introduced at Supreme Court cases involving immigration.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In The Press

Court Orders Far-Reaching Reforms for Public Schools

The Hartford Courant

Visiting Clinical Lecturers David Rosen ’69 and Joseph Moodhe are quoted in an article about the decision in an 11-year legal battle alleging that Connecticut’s education cost-sharing formula violates the state constitution and places an unfair burden on local property taxes to support school spending. The case was launched by the Education Adequacy Project Clinic. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

In The Press

We Are Not Beasts

The New York Times

Clinical Professor of Law James Forman, Jr. ’92 wrote a book review of Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson.

Friday, August 26, 2016

In The Press

N.C. Commission proposes 16-year-olds be tried as juveniles

Daily Tar Heel

Martin R. Flug Visiting Clinical Professor of Law Tamar Birckhead is quoted in an article about a report by the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice that recommends raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

Student Profile Videos


Swapna Reddy

A student perspective on immigration law, clinics, and public interest law at Yale Law School.