This clinical program involves working at the New Haven Legal Assistance office, the community’s local legal aid office, providing legal services to the indigent residents of the New Haven area.  The program incorporates the classroom, direct client counseling and representation, and simulation experiences in the general area of legal assistance for the poor.  Students work eight to twelve hours per week in the New Haven Legal Assistance office, located at 426 State Street in New Haven, in addition to attending weekly classroom sessions.  Students work under the direct supervision of staff attorneys at the office.

The Legal Assistance Clinic is practice-oriented, moving from developing solutions for specific client problems to general discussions of landlord-tenant, consumer, domestic relations, welfare, and other legal subjects of special concern to the urban poor, as well as issues of broader social policy.  The Clinic also focuses on the development of professional responsibility and lawyering skills, such as interviewing, negotiating, counseling, drafting, and litigation. New Haven Legal Assistance is one of the few legal aid programs in the country that provides criminal defense representation, and a few students may have the opportunity to do criminal defense work in state court.

Frank Dineen supervises this Clinic, and he is an accomplished attorney and clinical professor.  He participated in the creation of New Haven Legal Assistance in 1964 and was one of its first attorneys.

New Haven Legal Assistance is one of the most outstanding legal aid programs in the country, and it was a national model for the creation of other legal services programs.  Currently, seven staff attorneys at New Haven Legal Assistance are graduates of Yale Law School.

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Frank Dineen

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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.

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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.

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