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Visiting Student Applicants

In special circumstances, a student enrolled in a J.D. program at another ABA-approved U.S. law school may apply for admission on a full-time, non-degree basis. Visiting students may attend Yale Law School for a semester or a maximum of one year, earning credit toward a degree at their own institutions. An applicant must have completed his or her first year of law school before enrolling at YLS.

Students applying as visiting students should complete the J.D. application in the paper format and send it in an envelope marked “Visiting Student” with a $60 application fee.  Please e-mail the Admissions Office to request an application. 

A complete application for a visiting student contains, in addition to the application, a cover letter explaining the applicant’s special circumstances, a law school transcript, a CAS report, two letters of recommendation from law school professors, dean's certifications from all degree programs in which the applicant has been enrolled, and a letter from the applicant’s degree-granting law school giving permission for the applicant to earn credit for course work at Yale. The Admissions Committee considers past academic performance as well as special circumstances when reviewing applications. Decisions are made on visiting student applications on a rolling basis.