Medical-Legal Partnerships

About Our Work

Five individuals stand outside a courthouse
Yale Law Students María Mendoza (YLS '25), Cat Gassiot (YLS '24), HAVEN patient, YLS Student Melisa Olgun (YLS '24), & MLP Supervisor Emily Rock stand outside courthouse after successful mediation in pregnancy discrimination case

The medical-legal partnership (MLP) model combines health and legal services at a single site of care to address social determinants of health and provide holistic care.

Our work spans across the continuum of care and life experiences serving eight patient populations. YLS students who participate in an MLP are supervised by an MLP attorney and collaborate across disciplines with physicians, nurses, social workers, community health workers, and other experts, and meet with patients at local health clinics to help address legal needs like access to government programs, housing, employment, immigration, and family law matters.

Several of these MLPs partner with legal service organizations in the area, including New Haven Legal Assistance Association, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.


Haven MLP: Serving the legal needs of uninsured patients, including many documented immigrants

Transitions MLP: Addressing unmet legal needs of chronically ill patients returning home from incarceration

Oncology MLP: Providing legal services to breast cancer patients 

Palliative MLP: Serving the legal needs of patients with life-limiting illnesses

Geriatric MLP: Providing legal services to elderly patients with memory and cognitive capacity issues

Veterans MLP: Working with the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center to provide direct client services to veterans

Pediatric MLP: In partnership with the Center for Children's Advocacy (CCA), providing legal services to children and families facing issues of housing conditions/instability and education access

Pediatric Gender MLP: Assisting patients and families with consultations and training on name and gender marker change, education on gender expression, supervised by a CCA attorney

Child Study Center MLP: Under the supervision of a CCA attorney, providing direct legal support on behavioral health issues, educational support, and benefits for children

Find out more about our work on Medical Legal Partnerships and Health Equity by following the links on the right.