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Deferment of Admission

While we strongly prefer that you apply in the year in which you plan to attend, we recognize that some of our admitted students receive other exciting opportunities, such as fellowships or foreign scholarships.

Yale Law School grants a limited number of one-year deferrals. In exceptional cases, such as foreign academic scholarships or Teach for America, we may grant a two-year deferral.

More information about deferrals is included in the materials sent to admitted students. Please also visit our Admissions Blog fordetails about our deferral policy.

Transfer applicants and applicants admitted from the waitlist are not eligible for deferrals.

Timeline 2013-2014
Sept.9:Fall term classes begin; we recommend a visit

Oct. 1:Yale begins accepting applications

Oct. 5:LSAT

Dec. 7:
LSAT

Dec. 18-Jan. 5:
Winter break

Jan. 21:Spring term classes begin

Feb. 8:LSAT

Feb. 10:Last possible date to take the LSAT

Feb. 28:Last day applications are accepted

Mar. 15:Financial aid deadline

Mar. 15-Mar. 23: Spring break

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

Apr. 28: Classes end

May 3: Deadline for deposits