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Prospective Students

Yale NALSA is deeply committed to assisting prospective students with the law school admissions process. Our goal is to be a resource for prospective students and new admits. We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We remember how daunting the decision-making process seemed and how important it was to have someone to talk to. In addition to responding to any questions or concerns you may have, Yale NALSA also co-hosts events during the Admitted Students Weekend in April to give you an opportunity to interact with NALSA members and learn more about YLS.

Please feel free to contact us at nalsa@yale.edu.

Pre-Law Programs for Native Students

Yale NALSA students have attended the following programs and have found them extremely helpful.

Graduate Horizons
Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school). Graduate Horizons partners with 45 university graduate/professional degree programs where admission of?cers, professors and deans mentor and advise students on the admissions process, professional/career development, and the various ?elds of study, research, and graduate programs available. Participants of the program complete graduate-ready personal statements/statements of purpose; resumes/CVs; applications; receive test-taking strategies (on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) by the Princeton Review Foundation; understand the ?nancial aid process for graduate school and learn about graduate scholarship/fellowship opportunities; and attend seminars on the various aspects of the admissions process (selecting faculty/professional recommenders, determining the right ?t/match in a degree program, role of direct/relevant work experience, etc.).

Pre-Law Summer Institute – American Indian Law Center
PLSI is an intensive two-month program that prepares American Indian and Alaska Native individuals for the rigors of law school by essentially replicating the first semester of law school. Likened to boot camp by many former participants, the PLSI concentrates its content into eight weeks of instruction, research and study, teaching students the unique methods of law school research, analysis, and writing. Students who have been admitted to top ten law schools receive as much benefit as students who have not yet been admitted to law school when they begin the program. Further, attending the PLSI will give you the opportunity to become part of a cohort of Native American law students from around the country who will have established relationships with Native lawyers nationwide when you begin practice.

Scholarships for Native Students

American Indian College Fund
American Indian Graduate Center
Association for American Indian Affairs
American Indian Education Foundation
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship