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Law School FAQs
Please frequently check both the Law School’s emergency page as well as the University’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates and resources. The University is maintaining a FAQ page. Below are questions specific to the Law School.
The links below will take you to the section on this page:
Bar Exam Information
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Q: Can you provide guidance on students with disabilities and accommodations that extend into the online environment?
If any student poses a concern about accommodations for online courses, please email Student Accessibility Services. They are available to field questions and help coordinate accommodations with faculty.
Additionally, they are working closely with the Poorvu Center regarding academic continuity and online delivery of course content.
For the latest Bar Exam information please visit the Career Development Office’s Bar Admission website.
- Faculty, students, and staff must remain off the Law School campus for now.
- If faculty need to return to campus to retrieve items over the summer break, you must receive approval from the Dean.
- Staff members must receive approval from their managers and alert Joe Crosby as well as Building Services.
- Students seeking to retrieve personal items from the Law School should contact Building Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-203-432-4980. Please include the purpose of the visit, date and time you would prefer to enter the building, and expected duration of the visit.
- The Law School custodial team has stepped up disinfection protocols in frequently used areas and on commonly touched surfaces in all facilities in partnership with Environmental Health & Safety.
We recommend that for immediate information, call the phone numbers below. Please be aware there may be a delay in reply should you e-mail. We also appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this continuously changing situation.
Career Development Office
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Q: What are the dates for the Fall Interview Program?
With the onset of COVID-19, CDO postponed August 2020 FIP. In light of the continued uncertainty surrounding the virus, YLS will host a VIRTUAL recruiting program for the Class of 2022 to secure summer 2021 employment. We are confident that a virtual program provides the most flexibility for our students and employers and offers the greatest fairness and equity for our students. Details about the timing and structure of our virtual program will be provided in the coming weeks.
Q: I have unanticipated spare time this summer, are there opportunities available?
CDO continues to receive information about summer (mostly remote) opportunities. Check CDO’s CMS site to see if there are opportunities that meet your needs. Feel free to make an appointment with a CDO counselor to discuss your particular situation.
Q: As a Class of 2020 graduate, what changes might my employer make to my on-boarding in fall 2020, particularly given the uncertainty about bar exams?
We anticipate that some employers will on-board new attorneys under their previously planned schedules, while providing time to study and sit the bar (assuming your bar is delayed to the fall or spring); others may delay start dates until after a fall bar administration; and there will be employers who take other, yet to be determined, approaches. Large law firms typically enable incoming associates to take advances on their salaries and may open more funds than typical for associates in need. Reddit is tracking large law firm on-boarding plans here. For those of you with judicial clerkships, bar membership is not a job requirement for federal clerkships, nor for almost all state clerkships. For those of you with public interest fellowships, any bar requirement will vary depending on your project and the needs of your host organization.
You should feel free to reach out to your employer to inquire as to what their plans are for fall on-boarding. Please also share communication you receive from your employer with CDO at email@example.com. Feel free to make an appointment with a CDO counselor to discuss your particular situation.
Q: I am a non-U.S. citizen JD Class of 2020 graduate and am supposed to commence work in the U.S. after graduation using OPT which only allows 3 months of unemployment. What should I do if my employer delays my start date?
CDO is in close touch with employers about all of the possible impacts to on-boarding of new associates given the COVID-19 outbreak. You should also reach out to your employer to inquire as to what their plans are for fall on-boarding and explain your particular situation and concerns. Yale will work with you to ensure that you remain in compliance with the requirements of OPT. To understand the particulars of your visa situation, reach out to Mihwa Lee at OISS. To discuss your job situation and the possible need for short-term work, please contact CDO Assistant Dean Kelly Voight.
Please visit the Yale Health site for the most up-to-date information related to COVID 19.
Yale Health will update you if the University’s plans change. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Member Services at +1-203-432-0246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any questions regarding Baker Hall Residents and Graduate Housing, please see related emails from the Office of Student Affairs and Housing. You can also reach out directly to the housing office at email@example.com or +1-203-432-2167.
Please visit the Office of International Scholars & Students website for the most up-to-date information.
The Registrar's Office staff is working remotely at this time. Most forms may be accessed online and completed as fillable PDFs. We will accept a scanned or photographed copy of completed forms and supporting documentation. We encourage you to order official electronic transcripts; paper transcripts will be delayed until the office reopens. For enrollment or summer employment verifications and bar forms, please confirm whether all signatures must be in ink ("wet signature") before emailing the forms.
Please note: As a result of the unprecedented changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty voted on March 25 to adopt a mandatory credit/fail system for the spring semester. Accordingly, all transcripts will include an annotation making clear that Spring 2020 classes were graded only on a credit/fail basis due to COVID-19.
If you have additional questions, or would like to arrange a phone or Zoom appointment with one of the staff, please email us directly.
For all other inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.