A Foundation of Service
Veterans are matriculating at Yale Law School in greater numbers than ever before, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience and enriching the community in classrooms, clinics, and beyond. Since 2017, the number of veterans attending Yale Law School has more than tripled thanks to the School’s increased recruiting and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps veterans pay for tuition that the post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. In the J.D. class of 2025, one in 14 students is a veteran, with their experiences spanning across all military branches. Increasing the number of veterans at Yale Law School is part of the overarching goal to bring the most capable and wide-ranging students to campus.
“I’m extraordinarily proud to have so many veterans in our midst. Each has a remarkable story, and I’m inspired by their service to our country and this Law School,” said Dean Heather K. Gerken. “It is a privilege to work with them and to learn from them.”
Yale Law School spoke to six 1L student veterans to learn about their military service, their paths to Yale Law School, and what they hope to accomplish while they are here.