Self-guided Tour

Welcome to Yale Law School! This self-guided tour should give you a taste of our campus and our School. If you would like to take a tour with a student tour guide or more information, please visit the Admissions Office or our website for the current tour schedule and registration.

A Note on the Law School’s Architecture

The Sterling Law Building, which houses the Law School, occupies one city block at the heart of Yale University in downtown New Haven.  Constructed in 1929-31, Yale Law School was modeled on the English Inns of Court.  The Law School is built in the Collegiate Gothic style.  It is embellished inside and out with stone sculptures, wood carvings, and stained glass medallions that focus on symbols of law and justice.  These include the main characters in legal dramas (judges, lawyers, defendants, etc.), scenes of adjudication and punishment, famous legal figures from cultures around the world (ranging from King Solomon and Confucius to Charlemagne), and famous legal scholars.  The Law School underwent a $110 million renovation in 1995 - 2001.  While the renovation focused on 21st-century technology, great care was taken to preserve the original beauty and character of the School.

Self-Guided Tour:

Start in the Admissions Office – The Admissions Office is located in Room 175-179, which is in the Ruttenberg Hall wing (133 Wall Street). Please stop by to sign in and meet the Admissions staff.

Courtyard Exit the Admissions Office, turn left, go down a short flight of stairs, and go out the door to the Law School Courtyard.  Students, faculty, and staff use the Courtyard to study, meet, and relax. Many events, including Law School community picnics and the Law School graduation ceremony, take place in the Courtyard.

“The Table” – Enter the main Law School building through the double doors located in the middle of the loggia.  Go up a short flight of stairs to the Main Hallway and The Table, a central meeting place for the Law School community.  This is a great place to talk to students about their Law School experience.

Classrooms – To the right of The Table is Room 127, the Law School’s largest classroom. Many Law School events and lectures are held in Room 127.  Smaller seminar rooms can be found directly behind the Student Lounge (described below). Ethernet and electrical outlets are available at every seat in the Law School, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.

Financial Aid Office – Proceed down the Main Hallway toward the front door (Wall Street) and turn left. The Financial Aid Office is inside the Registrar’s Office, Room 102. If you are interested in sitting in on classes during your visit, the bulletin board to the right of the Financial Aid Office has a class schedule.

Seminar Rooms – Proceed past the Registrar’s Office and turn left.  This hallway contains many of the seminar rooms where first-term “small groups” meet. Each year, Yale Law School offers about 35 seminars of fewer than 20 students.

Student Lounge – Continue halfway down this hallway and on your left is the Student Lounge, another gathering place, where a big-screen TV is placed for major events (Presidential debates, World Series, etc.).  Next to the Student Lounge is the Alumni Reading Room, where students find a quiet space to read and relax between classes.

Lillian Goldman Law Library – Walk through the Student Lounge back to the Main Hallway and go up the stairs to the third floor to find the Law School library’s main entrance. The library has six levels and houses one of the world’s finest collections of printed legal materials.  The main reading room where many students have carrels is an impressive space dominated by large Gothic windows with stained glass medallions. 

Levinson Auditorium – Go back down the stairs to the Main Hallway and turn left. At the end of the Main Hallway on the right is the Levinson Auditorium, where many of the larger Law School programs and events take place.

Dining Hall – At the end of the Main Hallway turn left and at the end of the hall (you will pass the restrooms on your right) is the Law School’s Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Hot meals, drinks, and snacks are available à la carte. This is another great place to talk to current Law School students.

Touring Yale University:

Yale University’s Visitor Information Center (149 Elm Street) runs daily walking tours of the Yale Campus which last about an hour and fifteen minutes.  Tours depart from the Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on weekdays, and at 1:30 p.m. on weekends. These tours are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Visitor Information Center at (203) 432-2300 or visit their website.

Notes:

Public restrooms are available next to the Dining Hall (on the lower level).

A public computer terminal and vending machines are available in the Student Commons Area. Take the stairs in the center of the Main Hallway to the 2nd floor.  Go up the short flight of stairs and straight through the double doors. The vending machines are just to the left.  Continuing past the vending machines, the computer terminal is located in the mail area, past the locker area.

Yale Law School also has an on-site day care, which is not open to the public.The Admissions Office staff will be happy to answer any questions you have about this facility.