Ongoing Testing Requirements for all Law Students

In consideration of the risks posed by asymptomatic COVID-19 due to the delta variant, the University has determined that all fully vaccinated students in the Law School will be required to test once weekly.

Voluntary asymptomatic and symptomatic testing is available to all Yale community members at any time through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program. Students are encouraged to schedule a test in the event of possible exposure or if having symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

Additional information about testing can be found at the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program website.

 

Vaccines

What are the policies about vaccination for the Yale community?

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.

Flu Shots

Flu shots are free for all Yale staff, faculty, students, seniors and Yale Health members. To promote workforce and campus safety, flu vaccination is mandatory for all current students as part of the Community Compact. For more information on flu shot clinics, visit the Yale Health Flu Information website.

 

2021 Holiday Gathering Guidance

Please refer to Yale's guidance about December 2021 holiday gatherings.

 

Contact Information

I have more questions. Whom can I contact?

Call the phone numbers below for immediate information. Please be aware there may be a delay in reply should you email. We also appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this continuously changing situation.

Contact

E-mail

Phone number

Health and Safety Leaders

The Health and Safety Leaders oversee adherence to the school’s COVID Compliance Plan and the Yale Community Compact.   

ylscompliance@yale.edu for students

hsllaw@yale.edu for faculty and staff

+1-203-432-7646

Health and Safety Building Monitor

Associate Dean Mike Thompson

Dean Thompson oversees the buildings, monitors common areas for compliance with safety protocols, and serves as the on-site contact for staff and faculty regarding urgent, significant non-compliance with safety protocols. 

mike.thompson@yale.edu

+1-203-432-4041 

Academic Affairs

Associate Dean Monica Maldonado

monica.maldonado@yale.edu

Schedule a meeting with Dean Maldonado

+1-203-432-0485

Registrar

registrar.law@yale.edu

 

+1-203-432-1678

Career Development Office

cdo.law@yale.edu

+1-203-432-1676

Office of International Students & Scholars

oiss@yale.edu

+1-203-432-2305

Office of Student Affairs

osa@yale.edu

 

+1-203-432-7979

Law Library

lawlib.admin@yale.edu

+1-203-432-1608

Housing

housing@yale.edu

+1-203-432-2167

Yale Health Member Services

member.services@yale.edu

+1-203-432-0246

 

Events

The University’s events policy indicates that certain events can be planned without advanced permission as long as the following conditions are met:

  • take place entirely on Yale’s campus;
  • are no more than 2 hours in duration;
  • are open only to invited faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral trainees;
  • include only fully vaccinated guest speakers, hosted in compliance with the Visitors Policy;
  • comply with current mask requirements;
  • provide for six-foot distancing for individuals who have approved exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination who must be compliant with testing requirements in order to participate and may be subject to additional limitations imposed by an HSL or a health and safety plan;
  • follow safe practices for food and drink service when providing refreshments;
  • meet the facility capacity limits detailed below:

occupancy limits

For events that exceed the occupancy standards, you must request advance approval from the Law School Health & Safety Leaders. These requests are vetted each Wednesday so please allow time for planning. In addition, all events must comply with the University event policy found here: https://covid19.yale.edu/campus-life/events-gatherings-meetings
 

Financial

Where can I get help on financial aid?

For all questions related to financial aid, please refer to Financial Aid COVID-19 FAQs.

You may also visit the Financial Aid website for the most up-to-date information or contact financialaid.law@yale.edu.

 

Food and Drink

The Law School will align with the University’s indoor meal guidance

Please note: indoor meals will be allowed at events at which food is advertised or in specially designated dining areas (Law School dining hall, faculty and staff lounges). No food can be consumed in classrooms during class, in the Library, or in the student lounge.

Indoor Events

Please review the below room capacities and book your room through EMS; a room reservation confirmation is needed to guarantee your on-campus space. Feel free to contact YLS Facilities if you need assistance in determining the best space for your event. 

Room Capacities

Outdoor Events

Food may be served at outdoor events without special permission so long as it is compliant with special occupancy limits for events with food as well as with the food guidelines.

Please keep in mind that the University’s health leaders have continued to stress that eating outdoors is safer than eating indoors and we continue to encourage that practice as long as the weather allows. Indoor events without masks are the highest risk.  If you are providing food or drinks, it must comply with the University’s safe practices when eating and drinking. In addition, the University has encouraged events on campus versus off campus at restaurants when possible and has discouraged events at private homes given the difficulty of assessing proper occupancy limits based on room size and ventilation.

 

 

Health

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

Please visit the Yale Health site for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.  For more information regarding available testing, symptoms, or what to do if you become ill, please visit the Yale Health COVID FAQ page.

You can always reach out to Campus COVID Resource Line - 203-432-6604 (toll-free at 866-924-9253), available 7 days a week, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., to start.

Yale has prepared a factsheet for Graduate and Professional Students who may become ill during the term.

What do I do if I have an emergency medical issue during the semester?

We work with students to address their concerns, whether it is a seriously ill loved one in a different state, an accident, or an unexpected serious illness. In other cases, it is a happily anticipated occasion like the birth of a child.

In each of these cases, we strategize with students to determine the best way to finish the term. In the past, some of these strategies have included postponing, extending paper deadlines, reducing the number of credits, and replacing classroom or clinic credits with independent research credits in order to increase flexibility in workload to allow the student to finish the semester. Every student’s situation is different and will require tailored accommodations that consider what their faculty members will allow, what the student’s credit situation is, what the individual student’s priorities are (e.g. just completing the work or having additional time to complete the work with distinction). 

Students with personal emergencies for which they seek academic accommodations are encouraged to contact Dean Cosgrove or Dean Maldonado. (or Dean Cosgrove. Dean Cosgrove will work with Dean Maldonado and your faculty to fashion a set of accommodations appropriate to your specific circumstances).

What do I do if I need to take a medical leave?

If a student wishes to take a medical leave, The Bulletin details Yale University’s prorated schedule for refunding tuition during a term. Students may also apply for tuition insurance to cover expenses in the event of a medical leave.

 

Library

What are the library hours?

Find hours and more information about the Lillian Goldman Law Library on its website. 

 

The New Haven Community

What should I know about engaging with the New Haven Community?

Law students have been actively engaged with the New Haven community through clinics and student organizations. We know that some of these activities can pose risks for community members as well as our students. Dwight Hall, the University’s center for many student initiated direct service opportunities, offers the following advice. The clinical faculty will provide additional guidance regarding client interactions.

The best way for students to support New Haven residents generally is to adhere to Connecticut, New Haven, and Yale regulations (including the compact and travel restrictions).

Please continue to stay up-to-date on New Haven COVID-19 announcements at newhavenct.gov.

 

Registrar Information

Where can I find Registrar forms?

Most Registrar forms may be accessed and completed online. 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 7-10 business days. For enrollment or summer employment verifications and bar forms, please confirm whether all signatures must be in ink (“wet signature”) before emailing the forms.

 

Staff

Are all staff on campus?

Yale Law School staff are back on campus operating in a hybrid model for the fall semester.

 

Visitors

What is the policy on visitors on campus?

The University’s Visitor Policy has not changed since early September and limits significantly the number of visitors allowed on campus. All visitors must have a host who is a member of the Law School faculty or staff who agrees to be responsible for overseeing the visit and assuring the visitor follows Yale’s requirements.  Hosts must submit an attestation form to confirm the visitor’s vaccination status.  All visitors must be met by their host upon arrival at the 127 Wall Street entrance in order to access the Law School.

 


Commencement 2022 Information

Will the classes of 2020 and 2022 get to come back for Commencement?

As long as public-health conditions permit, both the Class of 2020 and 2021 are invited to return to campus with their guests on the weekend of May 13, 2022 to celebrate with a weekend of activities including the University ceremony, a Law School diploma ceremony, and receptions for guests. In the coming months, the University and Law School will provide further updates and information as it becomes available. For now, please save the date.