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International Applicants

To submit an application for admission to the J.D. Program, applicants must take the LSAT and complete the electronic application available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).


Yale Law School requires that foreign-educated applicants submit their transcripts to the LSACCredential Assembly Service (CAS).A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated intothe CAS report sent to each law schoolthat requests it.

To use CAS, log in to your LSAC online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service.Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them.More time is usually required to receive and process foreign transcripts.

Questions about CAS should be directed to LSAC at 215-968-1001 or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.

Financial Aid

International students are eligible for need based aid through Yale Law School.Aid calculations are performed similarly to aid calculations for U.S. students; however, international students are not eligible for federal loans. To apply for financial aid, you must fill out the Need Access Application.

In order to enroll at Yale Law School you must show in advance that you will be able to afford a Yale Law School education.The Admissions Office and the Yale University Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will help incoming students navigate this process through a confirmation of personal assets, outside scholarship, and Yale Law School financial aid.

Language Requirements

Yale Law School does not require applicants to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or any other language test.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing for prior law school coursework may be granted on a case-by-case basis.Determinations about advanced standing are made by the Registrar only after the point of admission.

International Presence on Campus

Yale Law School celebrates and welcomes international students.The Yale University Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is responsible for the welfare of international students on campus and is a great resource.The OISS websitecovers everything from settling in at Yale to immigration, student life, and getting to know New Haven.

Timeline 2015-2016
Sept. 1:Fall term classes begin; we recommend a visit

Oct. 13: LSAT

Oct. 1: Yale begins accepting applications

Dec. 5:

Dec. 22-Jan. 19:
Winter break

Jan. 19:Spring term classes begin

Feb. 6:LSAT

Feb. 8:Last possible date to take the LSAT

Feb. 29:Last day applications are accepted

Mar. 15:Financial aid deadline

Mar. 12-Mar. 20: Spring break

Apr. 10-Apr. 30: Most decisions are made by mid- to late April

Apr. 25: Classes end

May 2: Deadline for deposits