Career Development Office

The Career Development Office (CDO) offers programs, individual counseling, and informational materials to educate students and alumni about the diverse career paths open to them as graduates of Yale Law School. With the assistance of CDO, students and alumni gain the confidence and knowledge to identify and achieve their career goals. CDO’s services include:

  • Offering advice from attorney counselors specializing in the public interest and private sectors, as well as in judicial clerkships, fellowships, and law teaching. CDO also invites graduates to serve as mentors in residence, where they meet individually with students seeking information about particular careers.
  • Sponsoring more than sixty-five programs each year, including panels, lectures, and informal discussions on various employment options, self-assessment, job search and interviewing skills, and quality of life issues.
  • Coordinating interview programs to support summer and postgraduate hiring. More than one hundred legal employers from around the country visit New Haven each August to hire Law School students for summer and permanent positions. Yale also cosponsors two public service recruitment events and one international graduate student interview event off-campus each year.
  • Publishing online guides and advice on career development topics and specific employment sectors. CDO also manages an online job posting system where hundreds of employers post opportunities for Yale Law students and graduates, available on CDO’s website at

Yale Law students secure summer and postgraduate positions with law firms, government agencies, domestic and international nonprofit organizations, in business, academia, and as judicial law clerks. Through the Summer Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF) program, the Law School ensures that everyone who needs funding for summer public interest or government work—in the United States or abroad—receives it. Through its robust public interest postgraduate fellowship support, Yale Law School enables many graduates each year to jumpstart their public interest careers and tackle complex and important legal issues facing underserved people in our society. Through Yale Law School’s generous Career Options Assistance Program (COAP), graduates have the ability to obtain loan forgiveness if they choose to work in lower-paying positions, regardless of the employment sector. See Career Options Assistance Program, in the chapter Admissions, Expenses, and Financial Aid, for further details. Although New York, Washington, D.C., and California are the most popular destinations, Yale Law School graduates commence employment in dozens of geographic locations.

CDO is committed to ensuring that all students receive fair treatment from employers who use our career services, including requiring employers to affirm Yale Law School’s nondiscrimination policy, which prohibits discrimination based upon age; handicap or disability; ethnic or national origin; race; color; religion; religious creed; sex and gender (including pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment); marital, parental, or veteran status; sexual orientation; gender identity; and gender expression.