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Yale Law School Admissions

Contact Information

Application Deadlines

Admissions Criteria

Financial Aid

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Yale Law School is a place for people who see law in everything they look at – literally. A twelve-foot high sculpture of a judge dominates the School’s main courtyard, and caricatures of English judges fill the stained glass windows gracing the School’s main staircase. Windows in the main reading room of the Lillian Goldman Law Library depict daily activities that the law protects, shapes, and sustains.

Yale Law School admissions

Yale Law School admissions are the most competitive in the country.

These facilities are devoted to the education of a select group of law students, as Yale Law School admissions dictate that only a couple of hundred JD students gain admission each year. Consequently, although the total number of its faculty barely tops one hundred, the program can still boast an astonishingly low student-faculty ratio and an average class size of less than 20 students. These numbers make for a remarkable degree of student-faculty interaction, and present students with extraordinary opportunities for writing and research. Yale Law School is not just a school but a community – a quality vividly illustrated by the fact that its former dean, Harold Hongju Koh, first came to Yale as a child, the son of two visiting lecturers.

The School’s small size does not prevent students from pursuing specialized interests. Through Yale University it is possible to take joint degrees in a range of fields, including medicine, international law, and economics. Yale students also receive support in pursuing diverse career tracks. Yale’s Career Options Assistance Program is a generous and flexible loan forgiveness program that supports graduates who choose lower-paying positions in government, nonprofits, private practice, and academia. Overall, the School stresses professional excellence, service, and an appreciation for international ties, and – in the words of Dean Post – strives  to be great as a law school with “world class scholarship.”

Contact Information

Yale Law School

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520

Phone: (203) 432 – 4995

Email: admissions.law@yale.edu

Application Deadlines

February 28 is the final application deadline. Most applicants are notified by late April.

Admissions Criteria

Number of 2016 applicants: 2,735

Number of 2016 matriculants: 210

LSAT (median): 173

GPA (median): 3.89

LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 170 to 175

GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.79 to 3.97

Yale Law students must start in the fall.

Financial Aid

Tuition (2017-2018): $59,920

Room, board and other: $22,682

Total estimated cost of attendance (2017-2018): $82,602

Students who receive grants: 58.1%

Median grant amount: $26,067

Yale Law School admissions does not award conditional scholarships.

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Bar passage differential: 16.44%

Transfers out: 0

Net transfers: 9