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Life at Yale Law School

Rules of Discipline

In 1970, the faculty and students first adopted a disciplinary code that describes the basic rights and duties of members of the Law School and provides a set of procedures governing alleged violations of the code. Copies of the current code are available in the Office of Student Affairs. In addition, all students are admitted with full recourse to and subject to the statutes, rules, discipline and grievance procedures, and remedies established by the University to address allegations of misconduct.

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The University seeks to assist in locating housing for students. Students should seek housing well before matriculation, since there is limited University housing for Law School students. The Graduate Housing Department has dormitory and apartment units for a small number of graduate and professional students. The Graduate Dormitory Office provides dormitory rooms of varying sizes and prices for single occupancy only. The Graduate Apartments Office provides unfurnished apartments consisting of efficiencies and one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for singles and families. Both offices are located in Helen Hadley Hall, a graduate dormitory at 420 Temple Street, and have office hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Applications for 2014–2015 are available as of April 1 online and can be submitted directly from the Web site (http://gradhousing.yale.edu). For new students at the University, a copy of the letter of acceptance from Yale will need to be submitted to the Dormitory or Apartments office. The Web site is the venue for graduate housing information and includes procedures, facility descriptions, floor plans, and rates. For more dormitory information, contact grad.dorms@yale.edu, tel. 203.432.2167, fax 203.432.4578. For more apartment information, contact grad.apts@yale.edu, tel. 203.432.8270, fax 203.432.4578.

Yale Off Campus Housing is a database of rental and sale listings available to the Yale community. The system has been designed to allow incoming affiliates to the University access to the online database at http://offcampus.yale.edu. The use of your University NetID allows you immediate access to search the listings. It also allows you to set up a profile to be a roommate or search for roommates. Those without a NetID can set themselves up as guests by following the simple instructions. For answers to questions, please e-mail offcampushousing@yale.edu or call 203.432.9756.

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Dining Hall

A newly renovated Law School Dining Hall opened in fall 2013 with a new menu, including a coffee bar, hot and cold foods, premade selections, salads, and an expanded recycling station. The Law School offers a meal plan, or items may be purchased with cash or credit/debit cards, or charged to a bursar account. The Law School Dining Hall also provides catering services for the Law School community. The dining hall is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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Information Technology

In support of research and instruction at the Law School, Information Technology Services (ITS) maintains a computer cluster with several high-speed network printers. All the computers run a standard suite of software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Stata, and SPSS. Print accounts are available for each student, and printing to the networked printers costs $0.10 per page for black-and-white printing; $0.12 per double-sided black-and-white sheet; and $0.30 per page for color.

All students are assigned a Network ID (NetID) that enables access to Yale resources. To stay connected for research, learning, and collaboration, the Law School community uses YLS: Inside, the Law School’s intranet and learning management system. For more information, visit https://inside.law.yale.edu.

Yale Law School Information Technology Services assists students with questions and concerns about computer hardware and software. For more information visit the Law School’s ITS Web page at www.law.yale.edu/its or contact the manager of student computing at 203.432.3509.

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Child Care

The YLS Early Learning Center is an independently operated childcare center run for the benefit of Yale Law School students, faculty, and staff. Open all day and year-round, it accepts children from three months through three years of age. Children of students, faculty, and staff of Yale Law School have priority in the assignment of spaces. For students on financial aid, the Law School makes loans available to cover the center’s tuition. For further information about the center, please contact the YLS Early Learning Center at 203.432.7640.

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Security in the Law School

As in most urban institutions, security from fires, thefts, and personal attacks is a concern of the Law School. Security affairs are administered by a joint faculty-staff-student committee working in conjunction with Yale security and fire prevention personnel.

Immediate evacuation must commence whenever the siren is activated. Doors are locked using a system that discourages key duplication, and campus police regularly patrol the Law School area.

Yale Law School buses and University Shuttle buses provide door-to-door service to and from Yale Law School.

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Class Cancellations

The Law School ordinarily does not cancel classes because of adverse weather conditions. Individual classes may be canceled by instructors on occasion, in which case makeup classes are scheduled.

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Special Events

Numerous lectures are given by distinguished visitors invited to the Law School by faculty and students (see the chapter Lecture Programs and Other Academic Opportunities). From time to time faculty members present informal talks on their current research interests. Lectures and other public events are described in the online Calendar of Events (www.law.yale.edu/calendar).

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