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The Office of Student Affairs at Yale Law School helps law students navigate their legal education from Orientation to Graduation. We provide academic advising, support student groups and journals, promote student life and community building activities, and act as the primary resource for students who are seeking to find balance in their law school experience.
Ellen M. Cosgrove
Ellen M. Cosgrove joined Yale Law School in 2015 as Associate Dean overseeing the Offices of Student Affairs and Career Development. Dean Cosgrove came to Yale with twenty years of experience in higher education as an Associate Dean and Dean of Students, first at the University of Chicago Law School (1995–2004) and then at Harvard Law School (2004–2015). A 1984 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Dean Cosgrove spent four years in corporate and investment banking in New York before attending law school. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991 and practiced law at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae (an international law firm headquartered in New York City, now defunct) before transitioning into higher education. Dean Cosgrove currently is a trustee at the Practicing Law Institute, Inc., a nonprofit continuing legal education organization. She previously served as a trustee of Mount Holyoke College, a director at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc. (Massachusetts’ lawyers’ assistance program), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (Student Services Division). Dean Cosgrove has been singled out by the graduating classes at Chicago (2001) and Harvard (2006 and 2009) for awards recognizing her contributions to the law school community. Most recently, she was honored by Harvard Law students as part of a 2015 International Women's Day exhibit recognizing women's contributions to the field of law and public policy.
Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers
Director of Student Affairs
Sachi is the Director for Student Affairs and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. She works primarily with the student organizations and specialized law journals to support co-curricular and extracurricular activities at the law school, offering advise on event planning as well as logistical support. She works to promote and foster independent and collaborative programming by, with, and amongst student organizations. Sachi also works with the Student Representatives to promote Yale Law School's Student Life Initiatives. She works with the Dean's Advisors and Peer Advocates to help serve as a resource to assist students in navigating YLS and University resources. Students seeking support for conference presentations, research funding, participation in moot court and trial advocacy competitions, and other funding needs consult with Sachi as well. She is a graduate of Yale College with an MBA and culinary degree.
Adrienne L. Lucas
Associate Director of Student Affairs & Diversity Liaison
Adrienne is the Associate Director of Student Affairs & Diversity Liaison. As part of this role, she directs student-run conferences to provide student groups with opportunities to explore complex legal issues. She also works with student leaders to implement and support diversity initiatives. Adrienne manages communications for the office, including the weekly newsletter. Before coming to Yale, she provided strategic advice and application assistance to help students gain entrance to graduate programs as a pre-professional counselor in the College of Arts and Science at NYU. Adrienne is a licensed attorney and graduate of New York University School of Law.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Marie can help with student organization reimbursements. She also schedules appointments with Dean Cosgrove. In addition, Marie is happy to answer questions and, when needed, direct students to the right office for help.
Joe assists members of the student journals throughout the law journal production process. Joe provides clerical, financial and administrative support for the following Yale Law School Student Journals: Yale Journal of Law & Feminism; Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities; Yale Journal of International Law; Yale Law and Policy Review; Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal; Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics. Joe is also responsible for the oversight of the Yale Law School Student Journal websites. All questions regarding Student Journals can be directed to Joe or Sachi ([email protected]).
Directions to Our Offices
Exit the main building through the doors next to the L2 library entrance and head into the courtyard. Head left across the courtyard and enter the door immediately next to the bicycle rack (near the green metal sculpture). That's Ruttenberg Hall. Go up one flight of stairs -- that's the Mezzanine Level. Our office is on the right.
Take the staircase immediately to the left as you enter the main building from the 127 Wall Street entrance (where building services is located). Go up the first flight of stairs and enter the door on your left. Follow the hallway up a slight incline and past the clinical professors' offices to an open area with brick floors. Our office is straight ahead.