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 more than two dozen clinics, there are almost always places available.

Opportunities abound in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization—a single law firm that currently houses thirteen clinics, including the Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic, the Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Ludwig Center for Community and Economic Development.  In addition to the complete list of clinics and projects 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.

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.

Simulation

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.

Monday, January 09, 2017


In The Press

Gay Air Force Vet Honorably Discharged 68 Years Later

The Hartford Courant

Erin Baldwin ’17 is quoted in an article discussing the case of Hubert Spires, an Air Force veteran denied benefits after being discharged as “undesirable” in 1948 for being gay. Spires’ discharge status was upgraded to honorable last week after a successful legal challenge initiated by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which represented Spires.

Thursday, July 7, 2016


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Monday, June 27, 2016


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Monday, June 6, 2016


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Thursday, June 2, 2016


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016


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Friday, May 27, 2016


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Sunday, January 15, 2017


In The Press

Pardons sought for veterans with PTSD

Times West Virginian

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about the difficulty faced by veterans seeking to upgrade their discharge status from less-than-honorable.

Monday, January 9, 2017


In The Press

Gay Air Force Vet Honorably Discharged 68 Years Later

The Hartford Courant

Erin Baldwin ’17 is quoted in an article discussing the case of Hubert Spires, an Air Force veteran denied benefits after being discharged as “undesirable” in 1948 for being gay. Spires’ discharge status was upgraded to honorable last week after a successful legal challenge initiated by the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which represented Spires.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


In The Press

Harsh Memories of Raids, Grim Fears for the Future

The New York Times

Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 is quoted in an article about potential deportation of undocumented immigrants under the incoming administration.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


In The Press

Could crowdsourcing expertise be the future of government?—A Commentary by Beth Simone Noveck ’97

The Guardian

Beth Simone Noveck ’97 is a Florence Rogatz Visiting Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, November 28, 2016


In The Press

Thirty Years of Third-Stage Environmentalism—A Commentary by Joshua Galperin

Huffington Post

Joshua Ulan Galperin is Director of the Environmental Protection Clinic and Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


In The Press

What Are 'Sanctuary Cities?'

WSHU

Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is quoted in an article about sanctuary cities.

Student Profile Videos


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Lindsay Brewer

A student perspective on environmental law, a joint-degree program, and clinics.