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Our Review Process

A Thorough Review

At Yale Law School, we are looking for a talented, diverse, and exciting group of students. In order to find them, we take all the information available to us into account. This means that no one factor, such as grades or LSAT scores, will be dispositive. We consider everything—including your essays, recommendations, activities, awards, work experience, and background.

Each application file is first reviewed by the Dean of Admissions. The strongest files are either directly admitted or considered by at least three faculty file readers. Faculty reviewers rate files based on their own criteria, and the relative weight to be given to various factors (such as academic record, essays, recommendation letters, personal or work experience) is within each file reader's discretion. On the basis of the faculty ratings, we admit candidates and establish a waiting list.

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LSAT Scores and GPA

We treat each YLS applicant as an individual and review each file holistically. Accordingly, we do not use a formula or index to weigh various factors in an application, nor do we have a GPA or LSAT score cutoff.

Applicants frequently ask us about the average LSAT scores and GPAs of our students.  Please look at our Entering Class Profile for this information.

Timeline 2014-2015
Sept. 3: Fall term classes begin; we recommend a visit

Sept. 27: LSAT

Oct. 1: Yale begins accepting applications

Dec. 6:

Dec. 19-Jan. 5:
Winter break

Jan. 20: Spring term classes begin

Feb. 7: LSAT

Feb. 9: Last possible date to take the LSAT

Feb. 28: Last day applications are accepted

Mar. 15: Financial aid deadline

Mar. 14-Mar. 22: Spring break

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

Apr. 27: Classes end

May 4: Deadline for deposits