Ask-A-Lawyer

Yale Ask-A-Lawyer clinic will begin on April 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Watson Center.

Further Yale dates will be released shortly.

Community Ask-A-Lawyer Clinics are available at local libraries around New Haven. The schedule is as follows:

Participants: Please be aware that the attorneys present at the AAL Clinics are not providing individual legal representation, and therefore are not serving as your “lawyer.” There is no lawyer-client relationship that results from your participation in this consultation. If you are referred to a private attorney, that attorney will charge for his/her services and may require a retainer fee.

New Haven Elm Street Library - 5:30pm to 7:30pm - 2022 Dates:

4/14
5/12
6/9
7/14
8/11
9/8
10/13
11/10
12/8

East Haven Hagaman Library - 5:30pm to 7:30pm - 2022 Dates:

4/20
5/18
6/15
7/20
8/17
9/21
10/19
11/16
12/2

North Branford Atwater Library - 6:30pm to 8:00pm - 2022 dates

6/29
8/31
10/26
12/28

Northford Edward Smith Library - 6:30pm to 8:00pm - 2022 dates

5/25
7/27
9/28

If you have any questions, please contact April Pruitt.

The following resources are available for graduate students with legal needs:

Ask-A-Lawyer Sessions: Each month during the academic year meet with volunteer lawyers from the New Haven Bar Association for a one-on-one consultation. Upcoming dates are listed above.

The New Haven Bar Association offers a referral line: (203) 562-5750. For a one-time $35 referral fee per case, clients will be referred to up to 3 attorneys in New Haven County or surrounding areas. The fee is waived for Personal Injury and Social Security Disability cases. If the client decides to hire one of the referred attorneys, the legal fees must be discussed between the client and the attorney.

The New Haven Legal Assistance Association may be able to provide free legal counsel. The contact information is as follows:

Toll-free: 1-800-453-3320
Hotline Call-in hours:
9 a.m. – 12 noon, 1-2 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Free Referral Service:  A list of lawyers who have agreed to offer a free consultation to students is available. The participating lawyers have also agreed to provide a discount if you retain them.  Please email GSAS Assistant Dean Richard Sleight for access to the list. 

International Legal Problems:  International students with a visa issue or similar international-student-specific issue should contact their OISS adviser. OISS advisers are experienced at handling these problems and can connect students with lawyers who have expertise in immigration law.

Landlord Disputes: The Office of Off Campus Living mediates discussions between Yale students and their landlords.