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Admissions

How To Apply

Yale Law School is a community of commitment: commitment to world-class scholarship, to professional excellence, and to service for the greater good.  We are pleased that you are interested in joining our community.

Please make sure to visit our Admissions Blog, which answers questions about our J.D. admissions process, contains tips and advice for applicants, and provides information about events in and around New Haven.

Costs and Finances

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Cost of Attendance

Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $52,400. An administrative and activities fee of $2,250 is also required. 

Need-Based Financial Aid

Yale Law School’s financial aid policies and programs are designed to make it possible for students to pursue their legal education at Yale, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Approximately 75% of the student body received some form of financial aid for the 2012-2013 academic year, and approximately 56% of YLS students qualify for Law School grants, which are awarded solely on the basis of financial need.

Loan Repayment Assistance

The Law School has also pioneered a loan repayment assistance program that allows students to take jobs in any sector (legal or non-legal), including nonprofit organizations, public interest, government, academia, or small firms. The Career Options Assistance Program (COAP) is one of the most generous and flexible loan forgiveness programs in existence.

Last year, YLS provided $3.6 million in COAP benefits to 416 graduates.

Questions?

The Office of Financial Aid assists students in understanding the program, resources and options, as well as the most up-to-date federal programs and University policies. Questions may be directed to Jill Stone, Director of Financial Aid, at (203) 432-1688.

Academics

A Community of Thinkers and Doers

Students learn from a faculty of world-class scholars and skilled practitioners, and our unmatched 8 to 1 student-faculty ratio allows students to be challenged and mentored by their professors in a very personal way.

Every year the School expands its scholarly reach by welcoming numerous lecturers and panelists to share their experiences and insights with the Yale Law School community.        

As early as the spring of their first year, students gain first-hand experience with legal practice by participating in the Law School's many clinics and other experiential learning courses.

Centers and Programs

Faculty and students at Yale Law School can extend the curriculum and further pursue their interests through a variety of centers, programs, and workshops.

Though there are no specific areas of concentration at Yale Law School, programs of interest include: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Information Technology Law, International Law, Law and Media, Law Teaching, and Public Interest Law.

Students can pursue serious academic inquiry in centers focused on everything from human rights to corporate law to environmental law and policy. And more informal workshops allow scholars and students to discuss emerging ideas in fields as diverse as law and economics and Chinese legal reform.

Student Life

Yale Law School students are at the center of a vibrant community. Whether attending classes, organizing a slate of engaging conferences and events, or volunteering to work for the public interest, our students bring their idealism and passion into every aspect of their lives.

Our students are campus and community leaders, taking part in an array of student organizations (as well as editing the School's nine journals) and enjoying the social and recreational opportunities that the New Haven area has to offer.

Through it all, the Law School provides a range of services to support its students -- from academic counseling offered by the Office of Student Affairs to advice for the path ahead at the Career Development Office.

To learn more about all aspects of student life at Yale Law School -- as told by our students -- please visit our Student Perspectives Blog.

Careers


The decision to attend law school is a significant one, and Yale Law School offers a path to a broad range of career choices. Alumni are prominent both within and outside of the legal profession.  They work in private practice; in federal, state, and local government; in public service settings; for corporations and businesses; and for nonprofit organizations.

As YLS students and graduates consider the various career possibilities open to them, the Career Development Office (CDO) is available to assist them through the process. CDO works closely with both students and alumni to guide their searches for rewarding careers by helping them assess their goals, research possible positions, and apply for jobs.

Student Perspectives Blog

Student News

 
"You have the freedom to pursue any area of the law in which you are interested, and you are given the resources and support to do it at the highest level possible,” says Lisa Schwartz '08, from East Hills, New York.
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YLS by the Numbers

2017 CLASS PROFILE IN BRIEF:
Applicants 2893
New Offers 255
New Offers Accepted 213
Yield on New Offers 83.5%1
Net Admits 2452
Matriculated 200
Yield on Net Admits 81.6%3
Women 51%
Students of color 38%
Average age 24
States represented 36
Directly from undergrad 24%
1-2 years out 43%
3+ years out 34%

1 The yield on new offers percentage is calculated by dividing the number of new offers accepted (213) by the number of new offers (255).

2 In contrast to the new offers figure, which provides the number of new offers made during the 2013-14 admissions cycle, the net admits number takes into account prior deferrals that are part of the incoming class and deducts new deferrals that will not be part of the incoming class.

3 The yield on net admits percentage is calculated by dividing the matriculated number (200) by the net admits figure (245).