Who Uses COAP?


From 1989 through 2016, more than 1,500 Yale Law School graduates have participated in COAP, receiving over $54 million in benefits. In 2016 alone, COAP disbursed $5.2 million in benefits to over 452 graduates.

YLS alumni in COAP have recently worked for (among many others):

  • The U.S. State Department
  • The ACLU
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Private firms in Washington, D.C., Jackson, Mississippi, and Seattle, Washington
  • The Texas Defender Service
  • The New York State Attorney General
  • The NAACP Legal Defense Fund

 

Note: Deferred students should refer to COAP terms specific to the class year to which they were originally admitted.

Now it is time to pivot and ask, where are your extraordinary gifts needed? How do you make this legal world that you are entering a better world? One where no one is shut out; one where the weak and vulnerable are not exploited; one that produces fair results based on the merits of the issues before it.”


Visiting Lecturer Stephen Bright

2012 Commencement Address