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Emily Bazelon ’00 Joins Knight Law and Media Program as Media Career Advisor

The Knight Law and Media Program at Yale Law School has welcomed Emily Bazelon ’00 as the program’s media career advisor. The Knight Law and Media Program, which is administered by the Law School’s Information Society Project (ISP), is designed to support law students interested in careers in media law and journalism.

Bazelon, senior editor for Slate magazine and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, will advise Yale Law students pursuing careers in media law and journalism. She will also design events and projects related to journalism and media law to foster a rich educational environment for Yale Law students interested in these areas.

At a recent event with Yale Law School’s Knight Law and Media Scholars, Bazelon was joined by Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL, ISP Faculty Fellow and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, and ISP Faculty Director Jack Balkin, for a conversation about careers in journalism. Despite tough choices facing the industry, Bazelon was upbeat about unconventional paths taken by Yale Law School graduates to rewarding media careers.

“I loved law school and it has informed all the journalism I’ve done since by giving me a set of questions to ask and a critical framework,” said Bazelon. “I’m looking forward to encouraging other students who want to venture along this path. And I’m also eager to help those who do practice law write successfully for an audience of non-lawyers.”

Before starting her own career in journalism, Bazelon graduated from both Yale College and Yale Law School and was an editor of The Yale Law Journal. Presently, she is a Senior Research Scholar in Law and Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale, and a Faculty Fellow of the Information Society Project.

“Emily is uniquely qualified to recognize the problems that law students interested in journalism face and offer the advice they need,” said Professor Balkin. 

Bazelon joins the Information Society Project at an exciting time for law and media at Yale Law School. Following close on the heels of the recent launch of the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum, Bazelon’s appointment reinforces Yale Law School’s commitment to law and media by providing interested students with practical advice from within the professional journalism community.