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 this community.
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Costs and Finances
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 77 percent of the student body received some form of financial aid for the 2011-2012 academic year, and more than 56 percent of YLS students qualify for Law School grants, which are awarded solely on the basis of financial need. Here is a list of most frequently asked questions that may be helpful to you.
The Law School has also pioneered a loan repayment assistance program that allows students to take jobs in 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.
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.
Yale Law School is an extraordinary community in which to study law.
Our faculty comprises world-class scholars, and an unmatched 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.
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.
The Lillian Goldman Law Library, at the heart of Yale Law School, offers access to one of the world's finest collections of printed legal materials. A major goal of the Law School's library is to support the needs of twenty-first-century legal researchers by integrating access to print and online sources throughout the library.
Centers and Programs
Faculty and students at Yale Law School can extend the curriculum and follow their interests through a variety of centers, programs, and workshops. Students can pursue serious academic inquiry in centers such as human rights, corporate law, or environmental law and policy. The more informal workshops allow scholars and students to discuss emerging ideas in fields as diverse as law and economics, human rights, and Chinese legal reform.
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.
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, and work in private practice; in federal, state, and local government; in public service settings; for corporations and businesses; and for nonprofit organizations. See our full employment statistics .
As you sift through the various career possibilities open to you, the Career Development Office (CDO) is available to assist you through the process. (CDO) works closely with students and alumni to guide their searches for rewarding careers by helping students assess their goals, research possible positions, and apply for jobs.