About the First Term
The small group is at the heart of Yale’s first-term experience, and these seminars are led by some of the School’s best professors. The small size of the class ensures that students develop a close relationship with the professor and with each other. Many students find this class to be one of the most memorable experiences of their three years here, with small group members often forming close bonds that last not only through the three years of law school, but after graduation as well. Here, students learn not just the subject matter of the course, but how to begin thinking, researching, and writing about the law. In addition, all first-term courses are graded on a Credit/Fail basis.