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 2017–2018 academic year follows:
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. Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), gave the lecture, titled “Climbing the Arc of Justice: Progress for and Contestation of LGBTQ People.”
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. Robert Gibbons, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, gave the lecture, titled “Discord (and Repair?) in Relational Contracts: An Introduction to Work in Progress.”
The Sherrill Lectureship brings distinguished visitors with special expertise in problems of international law and international relations. Martti Koskenniemi, Academy Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, gave the lecture, titled “After Globalization: International Law and the Backlash against Global Rule.”
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. Economist Guy Standing gave two lectures, “Rentier Capitalism: Why the Precariat Is Today’s Dangerous Class” and “Basic Income: Democratic Justice, Republican Freedom, Universal Security.”
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. Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, gave the lecture, titled “Second Chances: Redemption and Reentry after Prison.”
The Judge Ralph K. Winter Lectureship on Corporate Law and Governance supports lectures on corporate law and governance and related topics. David S. Scharfstein, Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking and senior associate dean of doctoral programs at Harvard Business School, gave the lecture, titled “Pension Policy and the Financial System.”
Other named lecture and fellowship programs at Yale Law School include the following:
The Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture provides a forum for distinguished judges to speak on matters of general importance to law and society.
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.
Other special guest lecturers in 2017–2018 included Kumi Naidoo, who gave the 2017 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice on “The United States: Friend or Foe of Global Justice?” Activist Ai-jen Poo gave the 2018 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights on “Care and the Future of Work.” Authors Elyn Saks ’86 and Andrew Solomon gave a talk, sponsored by the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, on mental health and on their books. Two professors gave inaugural lectures for their faculty chairs: James Silk gave the Binger Inaugural Lecture on “From Nuremberg to the Netherlands to Nineveh? The Book of Jonah, International Criminal Justice, and the Promise of Human Rights”; and Cristina Rodríguez gave the Leighton Homer Surbeck Inaugural Lecture on “The President, Immigration Law, and the Politics of Constitutional Structure.” The Abdallah S. Kamel lecture series included talks by Noah Feldman, Intisar Rabb, Sherman Jackson, Nile Green, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, David Nirenberg, and Michael Cook.
The 2018 Bernstein Symposium marked the twentieth anniversary of the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, as well as the tenth anniversary of the Robina Foundation International Human Rights Fellowship and included a keynote address by Vivek Maru ’01, the founder of Namati. The Liman Center for Public Interest Law held a colloquium on “Who Pays? Fines, Fees, Bail, and the Cost of Courts.” Yale Law School and the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut cosponsored a conference on “The Opioid Conference in Connecticut.” The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy held a conference on “The Policy, Politics, and Law of Cancer,” which included keynotes by doctor and author Siddhartha Mukherjee and National Cancer Institute Director Norman Sharpless.
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.
Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency
The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) is an interdisciplinary initiative launched in 2016 to enhance the quality and transparency of the research base for medical products. Through research, advocacy, and litigation, CRIT is focused on ensuring that the clinical evidence that supports and informs our understanding of the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other medical products is accurate, comprehensive, accessible, and reliable. CRIT is jointly led by the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), the Media Freedom & Information Access (MFIA) Clinic at Yale Law School, and the Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project within the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine.
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, class visits, and University activities such as College Teas in the residential colleges. 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. Gruber Project initiatives have included litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of refugees, domestic violence survivors, and female veterans.
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 tight-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 Access to Knowledge initiative, which focuses on intellectual property policy, Internet access, and the preservation of cultural heritage; (5) Privacy Lab, a nexus for workshops and discussions about software, hardware, and spectrum freedom; (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; (7) the Visual Law Project, a student-run organization that develops programming on visual advocacy; and (8) the Wikimedia/YLS Initiative on Intermediaries and Information, which generates awareness and research on issues relevant to the global open Internet. 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 brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and researchers at Yale University and elsewhere to work on evidence-driven criminal justice reform, policy innovation, and advancement. It infuses theory with empirical research to achieve the goal of making the components of criminal justice operation 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. 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 the Yale Law School for public lectures, seminar discussions, visiting fellowships, and visiting professorships. 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 http://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 2018 weekly Liman workshop, “Rationing Access to Justice in Democracies: Fines, Fees, and Bail,” explored the mechanisms for financing court systems and the economic challenges faced by judiciaries and by litigants.
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, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, Stanford, and Yale. The postgraduate fellowships fund fellows to do full-time work in 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 2018–2019 cohort of new fellows, the Liman Center has supported 132 fellows at more than 100 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,” “Valuing Low-Wage Workers,” “Welfare ‘Reform’ and Response,” “Organizing, Reorganizing: Public Interest in Individual and Global Contexts,” “Accessing Justice/Rationing Law,” “Detention on a Global Scale: Punishment and Beyond,” and “Moving Criminal Justice.” The 2018 colloquium, “Who Pays? Fines, Fees, Bail, and the Cost of Courts,” considered how constitutional democracies can meet their obligations to make justice accessible and to make fair treatment visible to the public.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Alsott, 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 other institutions and from Yale 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. Each summer, the Schell Center provides students with funding for international human rights work; in 2017 Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships allowed students to spend all or part of the summer engaged in human rights internships or research in eighteen 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.
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 email@example.com.
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, field work, 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 the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 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 Climate Change Governance. The center facilitates a joint-degree program through which Yale Law students can simultaneously pursue a master’s degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, completing both degrees in four years. The center provides research, educational, career development, and social opportunities for students enrolled in the joint program as well as for others affiliated with the center. For additional information, visit http://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 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, and additional lectures, panels, and symposia at the Law School. It also organizes the Craig Wasserman ’86/Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Breakfast Program panels for alumni in New York City and the Marvin A. Chirelstein Colloquium on Contemporary Issues in Law and Business. The colloquium, which is organized either as a lunch lecture series over the year or as a limited-enrollment seminar, 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 for the Study of Corporate Law works closely with and supports the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic at Yale Law School, which provides students with hands-on experience in counseling innovative start-ups and emerging growth companies on transactional and corporate matters and related legal issues.
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 Todd Lang ’47, with vice chairman 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 joint-degree programs with the School of Management, including the three-year J.D.-M.B.A. degree program, which the center supports, visit http://ccl.yale.edu.
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.
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 first-hand, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 country 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 make use of library facilities for their work. Each visiting researcher is charged a registration fee. For the academic year 2018–2019 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’s undergraduate education or law degree was completed in a country where the language of instruction is entirely in English—the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, or Singapore; and the $75 (USD) application fee. Applicants who have at least a four-year degree from the United States or the countries listed above may request a waiver of the TOEFL. The admissions committee requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test. Official transcripts must be submitted in an official envelope, signed across the seal by a school official or certifying institution. 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 alumni interested in careers in law teaching. For a complete list of fellowships, visit www.law.yale.edu/currentfellowships.