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.

Read about our unique review process on the Ask Asha admissions blog.


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.


Notification of File Completeness

We will notify you by e-mail when we receive your application and when your file is complete. Please do not telephone to inquire about the status of your application. Frequent phone and e-mail inquiries delay consideration of applications.

Check the LSAC Online Services and see if Yale has received or downloaded your application.

The amount of time that it takes to process an application varies throughout the admissions cycle. December and January are peak application times, and applications submitted at this time take longer to complete. It can take 4-6 weeks for LSAC to process your materials and deliver them to us.

Applications are considered roughly in the order in which they are completed. We recognize that you worked hard on your application and we want to give each one the attention it deserves. Accordingly, our evaluation process takes a bit longer than most schools.


Notification of a Decision

If you are selected for admission, we will notify you immediately. Because our class size is so small, we have to be careful not to over-enroll early in the season. Please do not become discouraged if you do not receive a decision right away. Very few applicants receive a decision before early March. The Admissions Office will make every effort to send applicants a decision by mid- to late April. We appreciate your patience in this process.

If you are faced with a deposit or scholarship deadline at another school, please e-mail us with your name, LSAC Account Number, telephone number, the name of the school, type of deadline, and deadline date.

The Law School generally keeps a short waitlist. Admissions offers from the waitlist can be made as early as May and as late as registration day.