Student organizations should contact Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers, Director of Student Affairs, for questions relating to student organization funding. Typically student organizations submit a budget proposal in the spring and award letters are sent in late August/early September.
Academic Research Travel
Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, and Other Competitions
Public Interest Law Projects and Work Opportunities
Other Student Initiatives
Resources Outside Yale Law School
Students seeking international travel support through the Streicker and/or Holtzmann Fund may apply through a single application. Proposals should relate to academic research/writing projects conducted under YLS faculty supervision. Please note the following application deadlines for Streicker and Holtzmann:
Monday, November 4 for proposed travel over winter or spring recesses
Monday, February 17 for proposed travel over spring or summer recesses
Tuesday, March 25 for proposed travel over summer recess
The Streicker Fund for Student Research provides support for academic projects requiring international travel. Examples include field research, in-country interviews with relevant stakeholders, and archival research. Research trips are typically conducted during extended academic recesses (e.g., summer or winter break). Students should contact Sara Lulo, Director of International Programs, to discuss project proposals.
The Howard M. Holtzmann Fund in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution is devoted to the study of arbitration, conciliation, and other means for resolving issues of public and commercial international law. The Fund – named after Judge Holtzmann '47, a highly respected member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal until his retirement – supports academic projects, most notably (in order of preference) fellowship grants for current doctoral students preparing dissertations on relevant topics and current JD students who wish to pursue special research projects in relevant subject areas. Students should contact Stephanie D’Ambrose, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, with questions about the Holtzmann Fund.
Yale Law School has limited funds to support students who have been invited to present a paper, written as part of their Law School education, at a scholarly conference. The award can be used to subsidize registration, travel, and lodging needs to present at the conference. JD students invited to present at a conference should contact Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers, Director of Student Affairs. Graduate students should contact Maria Dino, Director of Graduate Programs.
Yale Law School has limited funds to support students who would like to field a team to compete in interschool moot court, trial advocacy, and other competitions. The competitions in which students participate can vary from year to year and depend on student interest and available funding. Students involved in these teams must demonstrate that they are making satisfactory progress towards satisfying degree requirements at the Law School. A list of competitions our students have participated in more regularly is below. Students may also consult the listing of Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Competitions (NetID required) found on the Inside Site. Students interested in participating in a competition should contact Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers, Director of Student Affairs.
National Trial Competition, hosted by Texas Young Lawyers Association
Student Trial Advocacy Competition, hosted by American Association for Justice
Public Interest Law Projects and Work Opportunities
Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowships
Information on public interest fellowships available to Yale Law School students and alums may be found at the above link.
Summer Public Interest Fellowships
Information on support for summer public interest fellowships available to Yale Law students may be found at the above link.
Deborah L. Rhode Fund for Public Interest & Pro Bono Services
The purpose of this fund is to support activities and/or involvement of Yale Law School students interested in pro bono or public interest opportunities during the academic year. You must be a currently enrolled student in good academic standing to qualify for an award to subsidize reasonable transportation and lodging costs; administrative expenses including photocopying and telephone calls. The award is only for costs which are not covered by other sources and are integral to the project. Award will depend on the number and scope of application request as well as funding available in any given year.
There will be a two opportunities for students to submit an application – one in the fall (early October) and one in the spring (early February). The fall application is limited to those who have completed their first term of the JD program. If you would like to submit a proposal for an activity that fosters engagement in public interest and pro bono opportunities, and have any questions, please contact Sachi Sugimoto Rodgers, Director of Student Affairs.
Travel Reimbursement for Interviews in the Public Interest
The YLS Career Development Office has created TRI PI (Travel Reimbursement for Interviews in the Public Interest) which reimburses 2L and 3L students for travel expenses, up to $600, to attend public interest interviews.
The Career Options Assistance Program (COAP) is one of the most generous and flexible loan forgiveness programs available at any law school.
The Zelia & Oscar Ruebhausen/Debevoise & Plimpton Student Fund Committee is charged with awarding grants to students (or student organizations and journals) that have a new proposed activity/idea/initiative which represents "an incremental support for students' intellectual activity, social motivation, or creative interest" or supports "productive interaction among the students and the Yale Law School faculty." The committee has $4,500 to award each semester. A call for proposals is done twice a year. If you are interested in applying for a grant and have any questions, please contact Reva Pollack, Director of Student Life.
You may also want to explore the websites of different areas of study at Yale University for additional funding opportunities. One example is the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies (FLAGS) Research Award found on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies website.