About the Law School Access Program

The Access to Law School Program at Yale Law School is an innovative pipeline program that serves first-generation, low-income, and under-represented minority students from New Haven and Connecticut who wish to pursue a legal career. The Program invests in a class of twenty Fellows who are passionate about uplifting their local communities in New Haven and Connecticut. In weekly Academies and one-on-one mentorship sessions, Fellows work with Yale Law School students and legal professionals to develop an individualized approach to their law school application process and to prepare for careers in leadership and the law. Ultimately, the Program aims to empower each cohort of Fellows to thrive in their legal studies, make a difference in their communities of New Haven and Connecticut, and pave the way for other individuals like themselves who seek a career in the law.

Applications are now closed.

Check back in the spring for information on how to apply to the next year’s cohort.

Law School Access
From left to right, Professor James Forman Jr. and Law School Access Program Fellows Alexis Willoughby-Robinson, Tai Walker, and Addys Castillo during a recent Saturday meeting. Photo by Nina Oishi ’22.

Job Opportunity

Executive Director, Law and Racial Justice Center

Yale’s recently-announced Law and Racial Justice Center (RJC) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to help launch and lead this new initiative. The RJC seeks to bring together New Haveners, Yale students/staff/faculty, local government officials, and local and national experts to design and implement projects to promote racial justice. The RJC’s preliminary theory of change is that intentional community engagement, multidisciplinary collaboration, and student-centered experiential learning opportunities will yield the creative problem-solving required to tackle our most pressing racial justice challenges.

Read more about the Executive Director positon and application process.

Media Coverage

Julia Brown, “YLS program helps New Haven residents become lawyers,” Yale Daily News (May 7, 2021)

Yale Law School, “Lighting Up the Path to Law School” (Sep. 21, 2020)

Political Gabfest Podcast, “Find Something New,” Slate (July 16, 2020)

Maya McFadden, “They Got Into Law School,” The New Haven Independent (May 20, 2020)

Other Pipeline Programs

The Law School Access Program is primarily for New Haven area residents. Here you can explore a list of other pipeline programs, many of which accept applicants from all over the country. If you know of a program that isn’t listed, tell us about it at lawaccess@yale.edu and we will add it to our page.


Founding Sponsor: DLA Piper

Sponsor: Susman Godfrey LLP

If you have questions about the program or becoming a sponsor, please e-mail us at lawaccess@yale.edu.