YLS Safety Net


The Yale Law School Safety Net is intended to assist law students who face unanticipated, unforeseen, and unavoidable financial hardship that would likely impact or hinder academic progress. This funding is intended primarily for emergency circumstances and priority is given to students with the highest levels of financial need. In general, the fund does not cover recurring expenses; instead, it is intended for students who cannot reasonably resolve an immediate financial difficulty through other means. The funding is a one-time award and does not require repayment.


The fund is open to all students registered full-time and in good standing in a degree program at Yale Law School. In general, students must have demonstrated financial need to be eligible. Applicants should be prepared to explain why other reasonably likely sources of support, including available need-based financial aid, are not an option. See below for examples of common Safety Net requests.

  • Car maintenance, service, and repairs
  • Expenses incurred by or for non-dependent family members
  • Replacement of laptop
  • Professional clothing purchases
  • Moving expenses (except for mandated moves)
  • Double rent during academic year or summer
  • Veterinary bills

Application Process

The student must provide a brief statement describing the emergency situation or one-time, unusual or unforeseen expense and the total dollar amount of emergency funds being requested (or their best estimate). The statement should note when the funds are required.

The student should provide a budget detailing the amount of emergency funding requested, a list of specific expenses to be covered by the award, and the student’s financial situation, including non-law school sources of income and savings.

The student should provide documentation of expenses already charged such as copies of billing statements or receipts. If the student receives an award prior to incurring some or all of the expenses, the student should obtain and submit documentation of those expenses.

Please note that these documentation requirements are flexible, and students are encouraged to provide as much information and documentation as they have available at the time of submission, and to provide updates as they become available. In the event of a sudden death in the family, the student should be prepared to submit official confirmation.

All of the application materials (statement, budget, and documentation of expenses) should be sent by email to ylssafetynet@yale.edu. These materials should be included as attachments to the email.

If you require funds within 24 hours please complete as many of the application requirements as possible, submit them as set out above, and then forward that email to, Miriam Ingber, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid (miriam.ingber@yale.edu), Jennifer Lia, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (jennifer.lia@yale.edu), Jacqueline Outlaw, Director of Financial Aid (jacqueline.outlaw@yale.edu), and Roselyn Llanos-Robles, Financial Aid Counselor (roselyn.llanos-robles@yale.edu).

Review Process

Completed applications are reviewed weekly and if approved, may be granted in whole or in part. Priority will be given based on the urgency of the situation, the student’s overall financial situation and level of hardship, and whether other resources and support available to the student have been utilized.

All information provided will remain confidential.


The award does not require repayment. If any of the amount awarded is not needed for its intended purpose, it must be returned.