Wellness at Yale Law School

At Yale Law School, we care deeply about our students thriving individually and collectively. As a small community of about 650, it’s important that everyone feels known and supported.

Law school is hard. And, despite rigorous academic demands, life keeps happening: family & partner obligations, finding friends & community, daily admin and seeking personal and professional meaning and direction.  

We are committed to helping you take care of yourself mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and financially (explore these & other dimensions here). If you’re worried about a classmate, we hope the information contained in these pages will assist you AND them. 

YLS promotes mental health and wellness in a number of ways: assistance in finding a clinical therapist; regular meditations (some led by faculty); social events; small group “circles” for incoming students; and workshops on stress, grief, time management, sleep hygiene and more. Beyond YLS, the Yale campus and New Haven community offer a plethora of options for feeling whole and well. 


The Office of Student Affairs

If you’re unsure where to begin, contact us. The Ofice of Student Affairs is located on the Mezzanine Level of Ruttenberg Hall in Suite M85. You can call us at 203-432-7646, or email at osa@yale.edu

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Ellen Cosgrove

ellen.cosgrove@yale.edu

203-432-7646

Director of Student Affairs  Chloe Bush

chloe.bush@yale.edu

203-432-7979

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Yaseen Eldik

yaseen.eldik@yale.edu

203-432-7979

Assistant Director of Student Affairs  Cat Kirchhoff

cat.kirchhoff@yale.edu

203-432-6305


Wellness Counselor

You can also meet with our dedicated, full-time, non-clinical wellness counselor, Catherine Khang Banson (203-432-2366, catherine.banson@yale.edu). Catherine can work with you to meet your needs and address any concerns you have while preserving your privacy and confidentiality. 


Wellness Programming 

The Office of Student Affairs delights in offering ways for students to come together and make and deepen connection over things like: Jackbox TV, cross-stitch, coloring, gingerbread houses, authentic relating, 1L Circles and restorative justice community circles. 

Other wellness programming includes: 

  • Interpersonal communication webinars (assertive confrontation, saying “no,” self-disclosure, problem-solving, active listening) 
  • Nutrition 
  • Functional fitness & bike rides led by law professor 
  • Stress and anxiety 
  • Sleep 
  • Time management 
  • Grief 
  • Yoga led by law student 
  • EFT tapping 

Check OSA Events Page for most up to date events schedule.