Applying to the Human Rights Program

Program admission occurs in the fall of sophomore year. For the Class of 2024, the application for admission to the Program will be due on October 29, 2021. There are no course prerequisites for applying to the Human Rights Program. Applicants will receive notice of admission decisions before the start of Spring Semester. Please see our program description and FAQ for more information or email with any questions about the Program.

Please note that we cannot hold space in the Human Rights Program for students who choose to take a leave of absence in the spring semester following their admission. We enthusiastically welcome students who are admitted to the Program but cannot accept their place due to a leave of absence to apply again the following year.


Due: Friday, October 29th, at 11:59 PM

How to Apply

You can download the application for the Human Rights Program here. Please compile all of your application materials (including your application form and essays, your unofficial transcript, and your resume) in a single PDF titled according to the format "Last Name_First Name_Application 2021."

When you are ready, please submit your application through this Google Form:


The Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights will host an information session and an open house to allow potential applicants to learn more about the Program.

Information Session

Monday, October 4, 6:30-7:30 PM
On Zoom

The information session is an online event where you can learn more about the Program and its application process. Come with questions!

Open House

Tuesday, October 12, 4:00-5:30 PM
Yale Law School Courtyard

Drop by the law school courtyard at any point during the Open House to meet Program Director Jim Silk, Program Administrator Hope Metcalf, and current students from the Program. You can find the courtyard by entering the law school through the main doors on Wall St., walking down the hallway until you reach the big staircase on your left, and going straight down the stairs to a set of doors leading to the courtyard.

Additional Application Information

Faculty Reference: You may list a reference from any faculty member, including a professor or College Dean or Head of College, or a Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant. Please do NOT submit a recommendation letter; providing the contact information for your reference is sufficient.

Transcript: You may submit an “unofficial academic record” (available directly from or a copy of an “official transcript” you have previously ordered. You do NOT need to order an official transcript for your application.

Electives: List only the courses; do not provide an explanation of why you are interested in taking them. Please try to avoid listing courses you are taking this semester.