Who Uses COAP?


From 1989 through 2020, more than 1,500 Yale Law School graduates have participated in COAP, receiving over $54 million in benefits. In 2020 alone, COAP disbursed $5.4 million in benefits to over 400 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.

The Criminal Justice Clinic has given me the unique opportunity to represent a client in court as a first-year law student. Experiential learning has been the most meaningful part of law school so far, and it has exposed me to the criminal justice system first-hand.”


Destiny Lopez

Class of 2021