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YLS Employment & Fellowship Opportunities

Yale Law School is a wonderful place to work, and its administrative team is the one of the best in legal education. If you are intrigued by the idea of coming back to the School, and of entering the world of legal academic administration—or know of one of your law school classmates who is—we would be most interested in hearing from you. Please see below for job listings of open positions at the School and elsewhere.

A number of fellowships are available to our graduates. For example, the Bernstein, Liman, Gruber, Ford Foundation, and Heyman Fellowships support work in various types of public interest positions. The Robert M. Cover Fellowship and Information Society Project (ISP) Resident and Visiting Fellowships are among those available for alumni/ae interested in careers in academia.

Associate Director of Graduate Programs 

Reports to the Director of Graduate Programs and to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs.

Duties include:  

  1. Plans, coordinates and implements admissions, academic, and co-curricular programs and events for Yale Law School’s various graduate degree programs as well as a Visiting Researcher Program. Helps coordinate and support the Yale Law School Law Teaching program.
  3. Evaluates all admissions applications, interviews prospective applicants, and independently assesses each application against a variety of factors, including the applicant’s strength, weaknesses and potential contribution to the Yale community. Determines applicant’s standing within local, national and international applicant pools.
  4. Analyzes and independently assesses overall records to determine if applicants are appropriate for admissions committee review.
  5. Presents applicant recommendations to admissions committee. Briefs admissions committee about applicants and about schools and geographical regions as they relate to evaluation of applicant files. Determines which applicants will be waitlisted.
  6. Develops public presentations designed to promote Yale to prospective applicants.
  7. Provides guidance and counseling to prospective students.
  8. Coordinates alumni recruiting activities in assigned geographical areas.
  9. Serves as a liaison with organizations and individuals involved in the admissions process.
  10. Plans and drives recruiting and yield events and engages in corporate outreach with key industries and key partners.
  11. Works collaboratively with colleagues within the school and across Yale, as well as other key constituents, to develop and implement strategies related to relevant geographical regions and professional industries.
  12. Manages admissions efforts as they relate to a particular substantive area such as diversity, communications, recruiting, operations, and technology. Provides strategic vision as it relates to this area. Compiles key admissions data, analyzes trends and outcomes, and recommends new approaches and strategies.
  13. May perform other duties assigned.

JD strongly preferred.

STARS Requisition number: 29218BR

Associate Director, Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy

The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy seeks to advance fresh thinking, ethical awareness, and analytically rigorous approaches within environmental decision making. A longstanding, joint initiative between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) and the Yale Law School (YLS), the Center aims to serve as a locus for connection and collaboration by all members of the Yale University community who are interested in environmental law and policy issues.

Duties include:

  1. The Associate Director oversees the programmatic, research, and administrative functions of the Center in coordination with the Faculty Director.
  2. Reporting to the Director, serve as the day-to day leader of the Yale Center for
    Environmental Law & Policy, responsible for the development and execution
    of the programs and projects of the Center.
  3. Develop and facilitate programmatic activities (e.g., research projects,
    scholarly articles or policy white papers, speaker series, workshops, and
  4. Oversee administration of the Center, including its budgets and finances,
    accounts, operations, staff, and student research assistants.
  5. Manage the Center’s and the Director’s research projects.
  6. Serve as a liaison to the Center’s external advisory board. This responsibility
    includes periodic reports to the group and individual contact as frequently as
  7. In consultation with the development offices of the Yale Law School and the
    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, help the Center’s Faculty
  • Master's Degree in an environmental field and three to five years of experience in environmental policy, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • JD preferred, but not required.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Josh Galperin (joshua.galperin@yale.edu).
STARS Requisition number: 29340BR


Senior Administrative Assistant (part time)

Provides comprehensive administrative support for one or more highly active centers or programs and administrator at Yale Law School. Heavy emphasis on all aspects of event planning and organization, correspondence, file management and expense reporting and reimbursement.

Duties include:

  1. Oversees and coordinates program activities. Establishes, selects, implements, and coordinates administrative functions, procedures, and systems.
  2. Based on knowledge of and experience with program activities, objectives and staff, serves as principal source of information on policies, procedures, programs and office activities. Establishes and maintains professional relationships with internal and external contacts.
  3. Processes and monitors expenses and ensures adherence to budgetary guidelines. Prepares budget drafts based on existing budgets. May oversee, coordinate and/or complete applications and materials needed for grant submission.
  4. Composes substantive correspondence and written material. Determines sources of data. Compiles, synthesizes and manipulates data. Summarizes findings and writes, produces and distributes reports or portions of reports. May create simple databases.
  5. Provides editorial support for a journal/publication. Proofreads and edits material for grammatical and factual accuracy. Tracks copy through various editing and production stages. Communicates with authors, printers, and others concerned with published work.
  6. Oversees, instructs, and coordinates activities of support staff.
  7. Ensure compliance with University, Federal, and State guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

STARS Requisition number: 29228BR