Carol and Gene Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership


Gene Ludwig and Carol Ludwig

The Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership was founded by Gene Ludwig '73 and Carol Ludwig. Read more about our Founders.

Gene Ludwig and Carol Ludwig

The Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership was founded by Gene Ludwig '73 and Carol Ludwig. Read more about our Founders.

Part of The Tsai Leadership Program at Yale Law School, the Carol and Gene Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership provides focused educational and professional support to Yale Law students who aspire to nontraditional careers and leadership roles in the public sector. The Ludwig Program helps prepare students for careers in areas such as government, nonprofits, and other institutions focused on serving the public.

The mission of the Ludwig Program is to ensure that Yale Law students are capable of translating principle into practice; can display a firm grasp of the political, economic, civic, and operational dimensions of policy work; and are well-equipped to engage in ethical reflection and decision-making. The Ludwig Program is premised on the notion that those who serve in the public sector should be flexible, broad-gauged thinkers who make empirically grounded decisions and are deeply committed to a vibrant democracy and the well-being of others.

The Faculty Directors for the Ludwig Program in Public Sector Leadership are Cristina Rodríguez ’00, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, and Jacob Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University and a Resident Faculty Fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.

Become a Ludwig Fellow


Yale Law School J.D. students may apply to become Fellows of the Ludwig Program. Ludwig Fellows will work to attain the literacies and professional skills necessary to serve as effective public sector leaders and are able to take advantage of the foundational coursework at the Law School generally as well as specialized offerings supported through the program. Students will have a chance to explore topics in philosophy and ethics, economics, and policymaking and the regulatory state. Ludwig Fellows will also have access to professional skills training workshops outside of the regular curriculum. The Program builds upon the Law School’s curricular offerings with events and programs focused on public sector work and leadership, a robust mentoring program, and interaction with the Law School’s network of alumni who can help guide students on their future paths. In addition, all Ludwig Fellows take part in the Ludwig Citizenship and Equality Lecture Series, which brings speakers to campus to address the ethics of citizenship and public service. More information on fellowships will be announced in the spring of 2022.

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“The best way I can describe my leadership journey is one of being a perpetual student and recognizing the ever-present necessity to evolve. You never stop growing.”

- Nicholas Turner, Class of 1996

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