Connection and Community

Welcome! First Generation Professionals (FGP) is an affinity group at Yale Law School for students who are the first in their families to go to professional school or who are from a working class or lower-income background. We seek to foster community among our members and assist our members in navigating law school. In addition, we advocate for school policies that better serve the needs of our members and seek to foster a broader conversation about class at Yale Law School.

To find out more about what FGP is and does, see our Past Programs section. In addition, feel free to email us at [email protected].


Past Programs

FGP has hosted a number of programs for current students. Our recurring programs include monthly potlucks at students’ apartments and dinners with professors at their homes. We also have a buddy system that matches 1Ls with 2Ls/3Ls.

FGP has engaged in advocacy efforts as well. For example, we have pushed for an increase in the summer earnings cap for recipients of financial aid. We have also lobbied Admissions for more outreach to and data gathering on FGP students. Along with other student groups, we have pushed for an end to the events moratorium at the beginning of the year.

Specific events FGP has held include:

  • Final Exams at YLS: What You Really Need To Know
  • Strategizing Financial Aid with Jill Stone
  • Breakfast Chat with Judge Allyson Kay Duncan, Fourth Circuit
  • End-of-Semester Sweater Party
  • Clerkships Crash Course
  • Clerkships Session with Yale Law School’s Clerkship Committee Chair
  • Firm Visit: Ropes & Gray

A Special Thanks

FGP is grateful for the support of: