YLS requires one 250-word essay on a subject of your choice. Faculty readers look to this essay to get a glimpse of your character, intellectual passions, analytical abilities, and writing skills. The choice of topic -- a personal anecdote or interest, an academic subject, or a current event -- can itself be illuminating.
We also require a personal statement that highlights aspects of your background that you believe will be of interest to the Admissions Committee. We are particularly interested in aspects of your background that may not be evident from other parts of your application.
You may also include a short addendum if there is an aspect of your application (such as a leave of absence) that you wish to explain further. Get Tips on writing your essay and personal statement on the Ask Asha blog.
We require, through the LSAC service, official transcripts from each college or university that you attended (including undergraduate and graduate).
We require two letters of recommendation from professors or employers who have worked with you, although we strongly prefer academic letters. You may submit additional letters, and many applicants choose to submit three letters. Your file will be deemed complete when two letters have arrived. We prefer to receive all letters through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Read more about recommendations from employers on the Ask Asha blog
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You will receive notification from us when we receive your application and, again, when it’s complete and ready for review. You can expect a decision by mid- to late April. You may hear from us before April, but we aim to finalize all decisions by the end of April.
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- Receive, or expect to receive, by the summer of 2016, a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) from an approved college. All offers of admission are contingent upon graduation.
- Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than February 8, 2016. The LSAT is administered several times throughout the year. The oldest score we will accept is October 2011.
- Transfer Applicants and Visiting Students: Specific application requirements.
After an applicant is admitted, Yale Law School requires as a prerequisite to matriculation a Dean's Certification Form from each college or university degree program in which an applicant is, or has been, enrolled, regardless of whether a degree was awarded. More information about Dean's Certifications is included in the materials sent to admitted students.