Jacqueline Outlaw, Director of Financial Aid at Yale Law School, has a simple message for students trying to navigate the complex and ever-changing world of student loans—let’s talk.

Through digital outreach efforts, engaging workshops, and personalized face-to-face counseling sessions, the Financial Aid Office is working to spark a conversation on financial literacy by proactively building relationships with students and alumni in everything they do.

Starting in 2012, the Financial Aid Office implemented one-on-one, individualized counseling sessions for students to discuss their specific financial situations, loan obligations, and repayment options. While this opportunity is offered across the continuum of enrollment, it is geared primarily toward 3Ls.  The meetings are a great way for students to learn about the different federal loan repayment options as well as the generous programs offered after graduation, like the Career Option Assistance Program (COAP). COAP provides substantial post-graduation assistance to graduates who choose lower paying career paths. On average, forty-five percent of all students with academic year loan debt will transition into the program. In 2021, more than 350 alumni participated in COAP with more than $4.8million awarded.

Beginning on Tuesday, February 14 through Friday, May 26, 2023, Bill Mangini, our experienced loan counselor, will conduct virtual loan counseling sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Spring semester. Bill will have one-hour appointments available at the following times – 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, and 1:30pm. 3Ls can schedule an appointment with Bill here.

In addition to counseling, the YLS Financial Aid also partners with AccessLex Institute a nonprofit dedicated to legal education, to bring MAX by AccessLex, a free personal finance program designed exclusively for law students!

The Financial Aid Office also sponsors a series of financial wellness workshops throughout the academic year. If you  have missed a presentation, we have provided the recorded session below for your convenience.

2022-2023 Financial Wellness Workshops (Recorded Sessions)

Student Loan Repayment Strategies for Legal Careers  - During this event, an Accredited Financial Counselor from AccessLex Institute® covered common repayment strategies for different legal careers and essential details regarding repayment plan options, consolidation, and loan forgiveness programs.


Financial Wellness Resources

AccessLex Student Loan Calculator

Federal Student Aid

Career Options Assistance Program (COAP)

COAP Calculator