The regular curriculum at Yale Law School is augmented by a host of events that enrich legal education and scholarship. Distinguished speakers—lawyers, judges, public figures, government officials, scholars, and other prominent individuals—are invited by faculty members, student organizations, and academic programs within the School to give talks or participate in panel discussions on a wide variety of topics throughout the year. Conferences sponsored or cosponsored by the School or by its faculty or students address issues of legal import both here and abroad. Additionally, an abundant resource of endowed funds allows the School to invite many specially designated fellows who not only give lectures but also spend time mentoring students with similar academic or professional interests.
A sampling of the endowed lecture programs from the 2019–2020 academic year follows:
The Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture provides a forum for distinguished judges to speak on matters of general importance to law and society. The lecture featured a conversation between U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Yale Law School Dean Heather K. Gerken about Justice Kagan’s career path, what it’s like sitting on the High Court in such polarized times, and the strategy that goes into writing her powerful dissenting opinions.
The Storrs Lectures, established in 1889, constitute one of Yale Law School’s oldest and most prestigious lecture programs. They are given annually by a prominent scholar who discusses fundamental problems of law and jurisprudence. Edward Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, delivered the lectures, titled “The Law and the City,” which examined the positive and negative social interactions of urban density and how laws have the capacity to make the positive interactions more productive and to reduce the harm from negative social interactions.
The Judge Ralph K. Winter Lectureship on Corporate Law and Governance supports lectures on corporate law and governance and related topics. Ray Dalio, founder, co-chief investment officer, and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, delivered the lecture, titled “Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises.”
Other named lecture and fellowship programs at Yale Law School include the following:
The Timothy B. Atkeson Environmental Practitioner in Residence Program brings to the Law School practitioners from a variety of environmental law practice settings to lecture, teach seminars, and counsel students on career opportunities.
The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights are awarded annually to two Yale Law School graduates pursuing projects devoted to the advancement of human rights around the world.
The Robert M. Cover Lectureship in Law and Religion brings speakers to Yale to explore the historical, philosophical, sociological, and literary intersections between law and religion.
The Ralph Gregory Elliot First Amendment Lectureship provides for lectures, preferably on an annual basis, on some aspect of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The John Hart Ely Fellowship Lecture on Professional Responsibility highlights research and teaching in the field of ethics and professional responsibility.
The Fowler Harper Memorial Fund and Fellowship brings to Yale Law School a prominent person who has made a distinguished contribution to the public life of the nation.
The Samuel and Ronnie ’72 Heyman Lecture on Public Service is part of a gift that also supports the Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program.
The Kronman-Postol Lectureship supports lectures related to law and the humanities.
The Arthur Allen Leff Fellowship brings to Yale Law School individuals whose work in other disciplines illuminates the study of law and legal institutions.
The Charles S. Mechem, Jr. Fellowship provides for lectures and other presentations by senior corporate executives to foster an understanding of decision-making in the business environment.
The Judge Jon O. Newman Lectureship supports an annual lecture in global justice, or public international, human rights, or comparative law, by a distinguished individual who is not a citizen of, and does not reside in, the United States.
The Robert H. Preiskel and Leon Silverman Program on the Practicing Lawyer and the Public Interest sponsors lectures and other events celebrating private lawyers’ contributions to the public interest.
The John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellowship brings to the Law School a leading expert in securities law or accounting for business enterprises to deliver a public lecture.
The Sherrill Lectureship brings distinguished visitors with special expertise in problems of international law and international relations.
The James A. Thomas Lectures are given by scholars whose work addresses the concerns of communities or groups currently marginalized within the legal academy or society at large.
Other special guest lecturers in 2019–2020 included Ruth Rubio Marín, who gave the 2019 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights, titled “On Constitutionalism and Women’s Citizenship.” The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II delivered the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice.
Trevor W. Morrison, the dean of New York University School of Law and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, delivered the 2019–2020 Brennan Center Jorde Symposium Lecture, cosponsored by Yale Law School and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. His talk, titled “Constitution by Convention,” provided an account of the role played by historical practice and institutional settlement in the substance of constitutional law, especially the U.S. separation of powers, and considered the extent to which courts can and should reinforce those practices and settlements in periods when they are being challenged and even repudiated by political leaders.
Gideon Yaffe, the Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence and professor of philosophy and psychology at Yale, gave the inaugural Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Lecture, titled “The Norm-Shift Theory of Punishment,” in which he offered a new philosophical theory of punishment.
Douglas NeJaime, the Anne Urowsky Professor of Law, gave the inaugural Anne Urowsky Lecture, titled “The Constitution of Parenthood,” in which he challenged the conventional assumption that the Constitution protects only biological parent-child relationships and made an affirmative case for constitutional protection of nonbiological parents.
Dean’s Lectures were given throughout the year by the Hon. Paul Watford, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on jury nullification; Reginald Dwayne Betts ’16 on his recent book, Felon; and Randal K. Quarles ’84, vice chair for supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Yale Law School is shaped by the intellectual interests of its faculty and students. Those interests find expression not only in the established curriculum and other academic opportunities, but also in new activities that emerge from time to time.
Global Health Justice Partnership
The Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) is a program hosted jointly by Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health that tackles contemporary problems at the interface of global health, human rights, and social justice. The GHJP is pioneering an innovative, interdisciplinary field of scholarship, teaching, and practice, bringing together diverse thought leaders to collaborate on research, policy projects, and academic exchanges.
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School
The Gruber Program at the Law School consists of four core components: (1) the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, (2) a distinguished lecture series, (3) postgraduate fellowship program, and (4) support for clinical and experiential learning initiatives. The Global Constitutionalism Seminar is an annual event in which Supreme Court and constitutional court judges from around the world meet with faculty members to discuss issues of common concern. The two Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Global Justice and Women’s Rights are signature lectures featuring pathbreakers in those fields. The lectures are often accompanied by complementary events, which may include panel discussions, faculty workshops, and class visits. The Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women’s Rights allow recent graduates of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working on practice-based projects of their own design in the fields of global justice and/or women’s rights. Through the Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, the program also supports a number of hands-on clinical and experiential learning opportunities, including a pilot one for “visiting practitioners in residence.” Gruber Project initiatives have included litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers, domestic violence survivors, and female veterans, and on reproductive issues.
The Information Society Project
The Information Society Project (ISP) is an intellectual center founded in 1997 by Professor Jack Balkin. Over the past twenty years, the ISP has grown into a tightly knit community working to illuminate the complex relationships between law, technology, and society. The ISP hosts a core group of resident fellows, visiting fellows, Yale faculty, and student fellows; it also maintains an international network of affiliated fellows. The ISP promotes discussions through its speaker series, ideas lunches, and conferences; it also influences the development of law and policy through clinical work, amicus briefs, white papers, and scholarship. Additionally, the ISP is an umbrella organization for a range of initiatives, including (1) the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, which supports research on First Amendment freedoms of speech and press and promotes engagement between academics and legal practitioners; (2) the Media Freedom and Information Access (MFIA) Clinic, which brings litigation to promote freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and government accountability and transparency; (3) the Knight Law and Media Program, which sponsors law and media programming; (4) the Wikimedia/YLS Initiative on Intermediaries and Information, which generates awareness of and research on issues relevant to the global open Internet; (5) Privacy Lab, a nexus for workshops and discussions about software, hardware, and spectrum freedom; and (6) the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice (PSRJ), which sponsors academic research on reproductive health issues and supports young scholars interested in academic or advocacy careers. More information on the ISP and its work is available at https://law.yale.edu/isp.
The Justice Collaboratory
The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School is a social science research center that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and researchers at Yale University and beyond to work on evidence-driven reforms, policy innovation, and advancement. It infuses theory with empirical research to achieve the goal of making the components of America’s criminal legal system simultaneously more effective, just, and democratic. In addition to engaging scholarly audiences, the Justice Collaboratory works closely and in partnership with policy makers and practitioners to ensure that the translation and implementation of the research is consistent with the data. The Justice Collaboratory is host to multiple initiatives focused on community vitality, including the Social Media Governance Initiative and the Million Book Project. For more information, visit https://law.yale.edu/justice-collaboratory.
Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization
The Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization brings prominent scholars of Islam to Yale Law School for public lectures, seminar discussions, and resident research fellowships. The center is directed by Sterling Professors Owen Fiss and Anthony Kronman and serves the entire university. For more information on the center’s activities, including the Abdallah S. Kamel Lectures on Islamic Law and Civilization, visit https://law.yale.edu/kamel.
The Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law
The Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law was established in 1997 as the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program by family and friends of the late Arthur Liman ’57 to honor his commitment to public interest law. The center is supported today by many others who share this commitment.
The Liman Center sponsors workshops, colloquia, programs, and research and advocacy projects for current law students. The 2020 weekly Liman workshop, “Criminal Justice at a Crossroads,” explored the history and future of criminal reform efforts with a focus on Connecticut.
The Liman Center also provides fellowships for law graduates working in the public sector, and it helps to support summer fellowships for students at Barnard, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, Stanford, and Yale. The postgraduate fellowships fund law graduates to work full-time on ongoing or start-up projects devoted to the public interest. Liman Fellows work on behalf of criminal defendants, prisoners, persons with disabilities, migrant workers, the elderly, immigrants, and many others. Including the 2020–2021 cohort of new fellows, the Liman Center has supported 153 fellows at more than one hundred public interest organizations.
Both fellows and current law students participate in workshops and plan the annual Liman Center Colloquium, which over the years has addressed “The Future of Legal Services,” “Detention on a Global Scale: Punishment and Beyond,” “Moving Criminal Justice,” “Who Pays? Fines, Fees, Bail, and the Cost of Courts,” and “Economic Injustice: Courts, Law Schools, and Institutionalizing Reforms.” The 2020 Liman Colloquium, “Money and Punishment: Five Years after Ferguson,” will explore why states and local governments have come to rely on monetary sanctions, their racialized impacts, and paths to reform.
Middle East Legal Studies Seminar
The Middle East Legal Studies Seminar is an annual meeting convened by the Law School in a Middle East country or nearby venue. Occasionally the seminar meets in New Haven. It was created to provide a forum in which influential scholars and opinion leaders from the legal communities of the Middle East could exchange ideas and form productive working relationships. Every year, roughly fifty lawyers, judges, and academics from the region meet with Yale professors and students to discuss an agreed-upon topic of common importance. Recent topics have included the concept of political legitimacy, history and identity, and the causes and consequences of current unrest in the Middle East. For additional information, contact email@example.com.
The John M. Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy
The Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy is designed to facilitate the scholarly interests of the many distinguished law and economics scholars at Yale, including Professors Ackerman, Alstott, Ayres, Calabresi, Ellickson, Graetz, Hansmann, Jolls, Klevorick, Kronman, Liscow, Listokin, Macey, Markovits, Morley, Mashaw, C. Priest, G. Priest, Romano, Rose, Rose-Ackerman, Schleicher, Schuck, Schwartz, Winter, and Zhang. The center supports the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; a Working Paper Series; and the Law, Economics, and Organization Workshop, at which scholars from Yale and other institutions present papers for student and faculty criticism. The center also provides an umbrella for two programs: the Program in Civil Liability, established to promote comprehensive reanalysis of the modern law of torts, products liability, professional malpractice, insurance, and other subjects related to our civil liability system; and the Program for Studies in Capitalism, which supports research on the operation of capitalism as a mechanism of economic growth, the ethical bases of capitalism, and the relation between capitalism and the poor, and between capitalism and democracy. The center’s codirectors are Professors George L. Priest and Susan Rose-Ackerman.
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights
The Schell Center offers law students and graduates diverse opportunities to apply the lessons they are learning in the classroom to further the cause of human rights and to examine human rights practice critically. It also brings critical human rights discussion to the wider university community. Throughout the academic year, the Schell Center sponsors lectures, panels, symposia, and informal discussions on a wide range of human rights issues, including the weekly Human Rights Workshop and the annual Bernstein Symposium. The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic offers hands-on experience to work with partner organizations around the globe. The center also supports the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal and student projects related to human rights.
The center provides fellowship opportunities for summer and postgraduate human rights experience. In 2019, Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships allowed forty students to spend all or part of the summer engaged in human rights internships or research in fifteen countries, including the United States. The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, inaugurated in 1997, funds several recent Yale Law School graduates annually for a year of full-time human rights advocacy work. The Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship supports postgraduate work at appropriate international or foreign courts and tribunals and intergovernmental human rights agencies. To date, the Bernstein and Robina Fellowships have funded one hundred graduates to pursue human rights work in thirty-two countries.
The directors of the Schell Center are Professors Paul W. Kahn and James J. Silk. The executive director is Hope Metcalf. The Schell Center’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School
The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School is the first of its kind to focus on the intersection of law and the governance, business, and practice of health care in the United States. The center brings together leading experts and practitioners from the public and private sectors to address cutting-edge questions of health law and policy, and to train the next generation of top health lawyers, industry leaders, policy makers, and academics.
The center was established to meet a critical need for a new academic and legal-professional discipline that responds to the rapidly evolving environment of health care and its centrality in the nation’s economy and government. The center’s programming includes many course offerings, both academic and experiential; career planning; academic research, policy work, and litigation briefs; and numerous high-profile panels and conferences that bring academic, government, and business leaders in health care to the Law School. It hosts academic visitors from all disciplines to enrich its programming and course offerings and to actively support student research, fieldwork, and publications. The Yale Health Law & Policy Society (YHeLPS), the student arm of the center, is an active partner and helps coordinate five Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) that combine health and legal services at a single site of care for underprivileged populations and give students legal experience directly in the medical setting. More information is available at https://law.yale.edu/solomon-center.
The Paul Tsai China Center
Founded by Professor Paul Gewirtz in 1999 as the China Law Center, the Paul Tsai China Center is the primary home for activities related to China at Yale Law School. The center is a unique institution dedicated to helping advance China’s legal reforms, improving U.S.-China relations, and increasing understanding of China in the United States. In interaction with research and teaching at Yale, the center works collaboratively with top experts in Chinese universities, government, and civil society on projects in areas such as judicial reform, administrative and regulatory reform, and public interest law. The center’s work also includes efforts to improve U.S.-China relations more broadly, especially through dialogues with Chinese counterparts that bring together former senior government officials from both countries to address a broad range of economic, security, and political issues in the U.S.-China relationship. As the foundation of all these projects, the center staff undertakes teaching, research, and writing that seek to contribute to the education and training of a younger generation and more widely advance understanding of China and U.S.-China relations. Yale Law School students are involved in all aspects of the center’s work.
In March 2016, Yale Law School received a gift of $30 million in honor of its distinguished alumnus, the late Dr. Paul C. Tsai ’54 LL.M., ’57 J.S.D., to support the continuing work of the Law School’s China Center. This gift was given by his son, Joseph C. Tsai ’86 B.A.,’90 J.D. In recognition of this gift, the center was renamed the Paul Tsai China Center.
More information is available at https://law.yale.edu/china-center.
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, a joint undertaking between Yale Law School and Yale School of the Environment, advances fresh thinking and analytically rigorous approaches to environmental decision-making across disciplines, sectors, and scales. In addition to its research activities, the center also aims to foster discussion and collaboration across the Yale campus on environmental law and policy issues at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Its recent projects include the biennial Environmental Performance Index (http://epi.yale.edu), which ranks countries on performance indicators tracked across policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality, as well as initiatives on Sustainable Finance, Trade and Climate Change, Rethinking Environmental Protection for the 21st Century, Corporate Sustainability, and Global Climate Governance. For additional information, visit https://envirocenter.yale.edu.
The Yale Center for Law and Philosophy
The Yale Center for Law and Philosophy was founded in 2005 as a joint venture of the Law School and the Yale Philosophy department. It aims to encourage advanced work, including research degrees, at the interface of philosophy and law. Members of both faculties are affiliated with the center, as are a number of visitors. The center’s programs include regular workshops and conferences, attracting leading philosophers of law from around the world. The center supports a postdoctoral fellowship, which provides substantial funding for research. The center also helps to coordinate courses across the Law School and the Philosophy department. Professor Scott Shapiro is the director. More information is available at https://law.yale.edu/centers-workshops/yale-center-law-and-philosophy.
The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges
The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges bridges the divide between the legal academy and legal practice on global legal issues. It provides a forum where academic experts and students regularly interact with public and private sector actors responsible for addressing global legal challenges. By bringing these communities together, the center aims to inject new ideas into legal policy debates and grow a new generation of lawyers with a sense of their capacity and responsibility to use international law, foreign affairs law, and national security law to address real challenges facing the nation. For more information, visit https://law.yale.edu/glc.
The Yale Law School Center for Private Law
The Yale Law School Center for Private Law serves as a focal point for research and teaching in private law at the Law School and, more generally, at the University. The center, which brings together scholars, students, and practicing lawyers from across the United States and abroad, promotes the interdisciplinary study of private law, including contracts, property, torts, and private dispute resolution. It emphasizes economically informed philosophical, sociological, and doctrinal approaches. The center engages students, scholars, and practicing lawyers in guest lectures, seminars, workshops, and other activities.
The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law was established in 1999 to promote teaching and research in the business law area. The center’s focus of study is wide-ranging, reflecting the shifting priorities of the business and regulatory environment. It includes corporate and commercial law and the law of other nongovernmental organizations; the regulation of financial markets and intermediaries; the legal framework of finance, including the law of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization; and antitrust law and the law of regulated industries.
The center hosts annually the Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable, a one-day event on the issues of the day, and two endowed lectures, the John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellowship Lecture and the Judge Ralph K. Winter Lectureship on Corporate Law and Governance. Throughout the year, the center sponsors the Bert W. Wasserman Workshop in Law and Finance, which invites scholars from other universities to present their current research; the Marvin A. Chirelstein Colloquium on Contemporary Issues in Law and Business; and additional lectures, panels, and symposia. The colloquium, which is organized as a lunch lecture series, seeks to convey to students a broad spectrum of career experiences through presentations by distinguished alumni and other members of the bar, judiciary, government, and investment and business communities. In addition, the center works with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic at Yale Law School, which provides students with hands-on experience in counseling start-ups and emerging growth companies on transactional and related legal issues. It also organizes the Craig Wasserman ’86/Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Breakfast Program, which features panels on contemporary business issues for alumni in New York City. Finally, the center provides support for the Law School’s joint J.D./Ph.D. in finance program with the Yale School of Management, which is a program intended for students wishing to pursue an academic career in the business-law area.
Professor Roberta Romano is the center’s director. Nancy Liao is the John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Executive Director. The center has a Board of Advisers, chaired by Robert J. Giuffra, Jr. ’87. Faculty members serving on the center’s Executive Committee are Ian Ayres, Amy Chua, Heather Gerken, Henry Hansmann, Christine Jolls, Alvin Klevorick, Anthony Kronman, John Langbein, Yair Listokin, Jonathan Macey, Daniel Markovits, Noah Messing, John Morley, George Priest, and Alan Schwartz.
For additional information on the center’s upcoming and past activities, the business law curriculum at the Law School, and the joint J.D./Ph.D. program with the School of Management, which the center supports, visit https://ccl.yale.edu.
Yale Law School Latin American Legal Studies
Several initiatives are designed to increase knowledge at Yale of Latin America and to strengthen democratic institutions and practices there. The Latin American Linkage Program is a summer exchange of law students from Yale, two universities in Chile, one in Argentina, and four in Brazil. During the summer, Yale students spend a month meeting leading legal academics, practitioners, and government officials and working with Latin American law students in small study groups in Argentina, Chile, or Brazil. In the spring, students from the Latin American partner schools visit Yale for a three-week behind-the-scenes look at legal education at Yale, sitting in on classes, giving presentations, participating in study groups, and meeting with faculty and students in a range of academic and social settings. In addition, leading legal scholars from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and the United States meet each June for the Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política (SELA), a three-day seminar exploring the foundational ideas of constitutional democracy. SELA is cosponsored by Yale and a number of other law schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain and represents the hub of the Latin American Legal Studies program. One of its offshoots is the Colección Yale-Palermo de Ciencias Jurídicas, a Spanish-language book series of works by Yale Law faculty published in Argentina. Yet another is the Latin American Series, a speaker series that brings to New Haven firsthand, expert knowledge of the legal issues confronting Latin American countries. Professor Daniel Markovits is the faculty director, and Professors Owen Fiss, Claire Priest, and Cristina Rodríguez are codirectors. For additional information on Latin American Legal Studies at Yale see https://law.yale.edu/centers-workshops/yale-law-school-latin-american-legal-studies or contact email@example.com.
Opportunities for Study in Legal History
The study of legal history occupies an important place in the Law School’s curriculum. Recent, current, and future offerings include courses on the history of the common law, constitutional history, American legal history, European legal history, Chinese legal history, the history of the administrative state, the history of criminal procedure, the history of property, the history of human rights, and the history of the laws of war. Faculty from the Yale Department of History offer further courses in South Asian legal history, the legal systems of antiquity, and more. Seminars and lectures by outside scholars supplement the regular curricular offerings. The Legal History Forum, a workshop dedicated to scholarship in legal history, brings legal historians from around the world to present new scholarship to interested faculty and students from the Law School and other Yale departments. The Law School encourages advanced study and original research in the history of law. Students may obtain course credit for supervised research with individual professors. Students interested in pursuing a career in the field of legal history might pursue the joint J.D./Ph.D. Program in History or in American Studies.
Each year the Law School has in residence a small number of visiting researchers engaged in nondegree research. Visiting researchers may audit up to two courses per term (with the consent of individual instructors) and use library facilities for their work. Each visiting researcher is charged a registration fee. For the academic year 2020–2021 the fee is $4,000 per term, or $8,000 per academic year. No financial aid is available from the Law School for participants in this program.
The visiting researcher application is available on the Law School website at https://law.yale.edu/vr. Applications must be submitted in hard copy and must include the application form; a current résumé or curriculum vitae; a description of the proposed research, including a statement explaining why Yale Law School is a particularly appropriate affiliation for the proposed work; two letters of recommendation; all official transcript(s) of the applicant’s academic record; the proposed length and dates of stay at Yale Law School; an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) report, unless the applicant is a native English speaker or the applicant’s undergraduate education or first law degree was completed at an institution where English is the language of instruction; and the $75 (USD) application fee. The admissions committee requires a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL test. Yale Law School does not accept the IELTS examination. Final official transcripts may be certified electronic transcripts or traditional paper transcripts. In either case, they must be sent to the Law School directly from the issuing institution or its authorized agent. All documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.
Application deadlines are April 1 for the fall term and September 1 for the spring term.
Fellowships for Postgraduate Research
Yale Law School offers a number of fellowships for alumni interested in pursuing careers in public interest law or academia. The Yale Law School Public Interest, Bernstein, Liman, Heyman, Gruber, Ford Foundation, and Robina Fellowships, among others, support work in various types of public interest positions. The Cover Fellowships, as well as fellowships affiliated with a number of centers and programs, are available for Yale Law School alumni interested in careers in law teaching. For a complete list of fellowships, visit www.law.yale.edu/publicinterestfellowships.