Why did Yale Law School cancel Alumni Weekend 2020?

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started directly affecting our country, Yale Law School assembled a task force to help make decisions related to the institution’s academic programs and related events. The task force worked with campus leadership, while following federal and local guidance, to determine the best course of action for our annual Alumni Weekend celebrations. Given the ongoing concerns from public health officials about large in-person gatherings, we chose to cancel Alumni Weekend 2020.


What will be happening instead of Alumni Weekend in October 2020?

While we are unable to gather in-person, we look forward to honoring the moment with a special weekend of virtual events for all alumni: Connect.Celebrate 2020 will take place October 17–18, 2020. The schedule includes the Dean’s State of the School address, a video program featuring the former deans of Yale Law School, and class-specific events for classes ending in 0s and 5s planned by the class reunion social chairs. We will send out registration information for Connect.Celebrate 2020 in September.


How do I access Connect.Celebrate 2020 on my computer or device?

Yale Law School utilizes Zoom for all video meetings and webinars. Zoom is available for computers, tablets, and smartphones. About 24 hours prior to the event, you will receive emails with the Zoom links for each session for which you have registered. If you experience any issues accessing a session, please email alumni.law@yale.edu

You can also visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting for tips on joining a meeting from any device. 


Am I still going to have my in-person reunion at a later date?

Yes! We plan to welcome back the 2020 reunion classes (ending in 0s and 5s) alongside the 2021 reunion classes (1s and 6s) in New Haven for two weekends in Fall 2021. While this is dependent on public health conditions at that time, we are very optimistic about gathering next year.

Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend 2021, which will take place October 22-24, 2021 for classes ending in 5s and 6s and November 5-7, 2021 for classes ending in 0s and 1s. 

We welcome all Yale Law School alumni to visit New Haven for either of the scheduled Alumni Weekends, even if it is not your reunion year. New Haven is beautiful in the fall and there is no better place to reconnect with classmates and friends. For our "Legal Eagles, who graduated in or before 1959, we encourage you to attend the weekend of October 22-24, 2021.   


Where is the information on hotels for the 2021 reunion weekends?

You can find hotel information here.


Is my class still fundraising in honor of our reunion? How do I make a gift or document a gift intention?

Yes, classes are still fundraising for their reunion gift.  Gifts and gift intentions can be made by visiting our website law.yale.edu/give or by emailing or calling AmandaLee Aponte, Associate Director of Annual Giving, at ylsfund@yale.edu or (203) 436-5815. Your generous support of Yale Law School is deeply appreciated.


There is usually YLS apparel on sale at Alumni Weekend. Is there an online ordering option?

Yes! Officially licensed YLS merchandise may be purchased from Campus Customs here: https://shopcampuscustoms.com/yalelawschool


How else can I stay connected to my classmates while we are physically distanced?

Please join your class and regional groups on The Courtyard – Yale Law School’s online engagement community. Throughout the year, we will communicate about our virtual events and share other news, memories, and resources through the platform. Through The Courtyard, alumni can easily connect by email or video chat and participate in discussions around regional issues. We hope to see you in The Courtyard!  


Where can I learn more about Yale Law School’s response to COVID-19?

Please go to: https://law.yale.edu/yls-today/media-inquiries/office-public-affairs/yale-law-school-covid-19-information


Still have questions?

Please email us at yls.reunion@yale.edu.