Students spend two to three weeks in August at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta or the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, where they meet attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialists working on capital cases and become a part of a team representing people facing the death penalty. They work on cases, which may include interviews with witnesses, jurors, or clients, depending upon what is happening in the case at the time, as well as legal research, analysis, and writing. Students continue their work over two semesters upon return to law school. Students complete a substantial writing assignment, such as a portion of a motion, brief, or memorandum of law. This course requires participation for both the fall and spring terms. The course is limited to students who have taken Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, and Disadvantage, or intend to take it the following Spring. Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to six. The instructor is Stephen Bright.

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.

There isn’t a student who comes to Yale Law School who isn’t determined to put the law to use for the betterment of the world.”

Anthony Kronman

Class of 1975, Sterling Professor of Law and Former Dean