The 2021–2022 Academic Year began on August 23 with all classess taking place on campus. The Law School administration continues to work in close partnership with the University in response to COVID-19. It is critical that members of the Law School community regularly check the Yale COVID-19 website for the latest University updates and this page for Law School-specific information.

Latest Updates

Update to indoor mask policy: The university announced on July 30 it is reinstituting the requirement that all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, wear masks in indoor campus spaces starting August 2. Learn more about this requirement and other key guidelines.

Building Access and Hours

Sterling Law Building hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day for members of the Yale Community. Baker Hall hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Yale Community. Students and faculty can access the first and fourth floors of Baker Hall from 7 a.m. to midnight. Baker Hall residents have access to the second and third floors 24/7.

Members of the Yale Law School community must carry their Yale photo ID card at all times to scan into the Sterling Law Building (SLB) and Baker Hall. The main SLB entrance at 127 Wall Street will require entrants to scan Yale ID cards at the outdoor card reader and the indoor card reader located at the security desk. Other SLB and Baker Hall entryways will remain accessible to community members via outdoor Yale ID card reader, including during evenings and weekends. Individuals who do not have a Yale ID card will be required to sign in and present government-issued photo identification at the 127 Wall Street entrance, with limited exceptions as noted in memo from Associate Dean Mike Thompson.


All faculty, staff, and trainees are required to be fully vaccinated and must submit their vaccination status to the university. Guidance on return preparations is available on the Workplace Guidance website. All students who plan to return to campus for the fall semester are required to be fully vaccinated. Vaccine scheduling: The Yale Vaccine COVID-19 Program is currently scheduling individuals 12 and older.

Effective June 10, 2021, fully-vaccinated individuals* who have submitted or confirmed their vaccination documentation are no longer required to complete the Daily Health Check before they come to campus.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive the last dose of their vaccine series (i.e. second dose of a two-dose series or one dose of a single-dose vaccine and after they submit or confirm their vaccination documentation through the Yale Vaccine Portal).


On August 25, 2021, Yale University has announced its policy for all visitors to the University, effective as of August 31, 2021.

Additional Information

Compliance Concerns

You may report a concern about compliance with COVID-19 health and safety policies or regulations to the Health and Safety Leader Ellen Cosgrove. You may also make an anonymous or identified report through Yale’s hotline at 877-360-9253, or online at Yale University Hotline. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff can also report to their staff supervisor or HR.

Maintaining an Inclusive Environment

Yale University is committed to maintaining an environment of respect and freedom from discrimination and to supporting all members of our community affected by this global health threat. Bias, discrimination, and harassment are inimical to our values and violate Yale policies.