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.
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.”
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432 – 4995
February 28 is the final application deadline. Most applicants are notified by late April.
Number of 2017 applicants: 2,862
Number of 2017 matriculants: 163
LSAT (median): 173
GPA (median): 3.91
LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 170 to 175
GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.83 to 3.97
Yale Law students must start in the fall.
Tuition (2018-2019): $62,017
Room, board and other: $23,277
Total estimated cost of attendance (2018-2019): $85,294
Students who receive grants: 61%
Median grant amount: $26,529
Yale Law School admissions does not award conditional scholarships.
Bar passage differential: 18.5%
Transfers out: 0
Net transfers: 8