Eight Dimensions of Wellness

We support the well-being of law students as defined below:

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Resources to help you cope effectively with life and create satisfying relationships:

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Resources that provide pleasant, soothing environments:

  • Campus facilities that include serene courtyards, a dining hall, a dedicated student lounge, and a meditation room
  • Many courses that permit students to take their exams in any location, in the YLS building or beyond, allowing you to work in the space most comfortable for you
  • A location right in the heart of the Yale campus, allowing for easy access to the libraries, courtyards, and study spaces of other Yale buildings
  • A private room for use by nursing mothers
  • Surrounding art and architecture creating an aesthetic that is both historic and powerful
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Resources to support current and future financial situations:

  • One-on-one counseling with the Financial Aid Office to discuss both current and future financial planning
  • A series of events focusing on managing your money while in law school, and creating an effective plan for after graduation
  • One of the most generous loan repayment assistance programs in the country
  • A Safety Net fund designed to support students who face unforeseen financial hardship
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Resources for recognizing creative abilities, and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills:

  • Almost 200 courses taught by more than 60 full-time faculty and dozens of visiting faculty, lecturers, and adjunct professors
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of under 20 students
  • Daily guest lectures and events with visiting experts and leaders in a broad array of fields
  • Reference librarians available to help with legal research and using legal resources
  • The ability to take classes outside of the Law School on any number of topics
  • Dedicated programs to support students' quest for knowledge beyond the Law School
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Resources to boost personal satisfaction and enrichment from one's work:

  • Wide array of classes, clinics, externships, extracurriculars, and independent study programs
  • One-on-one counseling with the Career Development Office or OSA for career path guidance and academic planning. CDO offers specialists in various career areas that can help with almost any career goal.
  • Numerous guides and advice pages about various career options
  • Extensive alumni network, including over 3,500 alums who have offered to discuss their career paths with current students
  • Detailed alumni survey report with satisfaction rates among YLS graduates, so that students can assess which career choices may produce the best chances of a satisfying career
  • Variety of career-related panels held throughout the academic year
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Resources that recognize the need for healthy food, physical activity and ample sleep:

  • Healthy options in the dining hall, including vegetarian and vegan selections
  • Access to the Payne Whitney Gym, only a five minute walk from YLS
  • Fitness classes at PWG such as yoga, boot camp and more
  • Intramural sports, such as softball, soccer, and Frisbee that offer students the opportunity to interact with the broader Yale student community
  • Club sports provide an additional outlet for students to interact and compete!
  • Innovative programming on sober curious living and the mindful use of alcohol
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Resources that foster a sense of connection and belonging:

  • A variety of social events designed to promote community among YLS students, faculty and staff
  • Funding for over 70 different student groups and organizations, covering a wide variety of interests and activities
  • Programs for first-term students that connect them with upper-level students, including Dean’s Advisors, Coker Fellows and Peer Advocates
  • Opportunities to forge meaningful connections with peers, such as through the Common Ground program 
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Resources to help you understand and expand your sense of purpose and meaning:

  • Yale University Chaplain’s Office, a multi-faith organization that provides pastoral care, educates on faith-related topics, and hosts interfaith student groups and events
  • A number of student groups that are centered on various religious faiths
  • A private prayer and meditation room