The Nonprofit Organizations Clinic provides legal assistance to nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to retain private counsel. It offers 1 or 2 units of credit to students interested in working with nonprofit organizations, nascent and established, which require help in the process of organization and incorporation, in obtaining tax exemption, and solving related issues—organizations that cannot afford to retain private counsel. The class meets as a group five or six times during the term.

Public Interest Law at Yale Law School

Yale Law School has a strong tradition of service in the public interest. Approximately 80 percent of students take part in a clinic during their time at the Law School, and unlike at other law schools, students can engage in clinic activities after the first term.

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.

Yale Law School is distinguished among American law schools by two things: its small size—that’s a physical fact about the law school—and also the spirit of comradeship and cooperation that exists among all of the members of the community.”

Anthony Kronman

Class of 1975, Sterling Professor of Law and Former Dean