Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Eliminating Tuition For Yale Law Students In Need Will Help Diversify The Legal Profession

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  ABC News, Why Yale Law’s Dean Says Eliminating Tuition for Students in Need Benefits the Legal Profession:

Yale Law Logo (2020)As students prepare to return to school in the fall, one Ivy League law school has a new scholarship aimed at broadening access to legal education by eliminating tuition for students with financial needs.

Yale Law School's Hurst Horizon Scholarships will erase tuition and pay for college fees and health care costs for law students with the greatest financial need. It's a first-of-its-kind scholarship that is creating new conversations about what law schools can do to diversify the legal profession.

Yale Law School dean Heather Gerken, the first woman to serve in the role, tells ABC News the scholarship was needed. "We have so many people from low-income backgrounds, who are not going to law school to pursue change because of the debt that waits on the other end for them," she said.

The scholarship will be given to any Juris Doctor student whose family income is below the federal poverty guidelines and whose assets are below $150,000. The law school tells ABC News that more than 45 students this fall will qualify to be awarded more than $70,000 per year to cover tuition, fees and health insurance. ...

Gerken said she believes this scholarship is just the beginning of Yale's mission to diversify the legal profession and "create a generation of lawyers and leaders who reflect our society."

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