Yale Law School, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) links law students with individuals and organizations in need of legal help who cannot afford private attorneys. Students, supervised by Law School faculty members and participating attorneys, interview clients, write briefs, prepare witnesses, try cases, negotiate settlements, draft documents and new legislation, participate in commercial transactions, arrange “deals,” and argue appeals in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Connecticut Supreme Court. LSO’s work is divided into 9 major projects. The Prison Project represents men and women in state and federal prisons in Connecticut and focuses on claims involving conditions of confinement and complex federal litigation. Cases are handled on a limited basis. Requests for assistance should be mailed in writing with a brief description of the facts surrounding the incident that occurred.