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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
When can I visit Yale Law School?
You are welcome to visit the Law School anytime, particularly when classes are in session. Check our online events calendar to see if there are events or conferences you would like to attend (and to see whether classes are in session). Tours led by Yale Law School students take place most Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the term.
What is the application deadline?
All applications must be submitted no later than February 28, 2017.
Do I have to apply electronically?
Yes. Applications must be submitted electronically through LSAC.
How will I know if you’ve received my application? How will I know when it is complete?
We will send you an email when we begin the initial processing of your application. Alternatively, you can log into your LSAC account to see if we have requested your LSDAS report.
How do you weigh LSAT scores?
We do not use a formula or index to weigh various factors (like LSAT scores). We consider all of the information about an applicant, including multiple LSAT scores. We do not average scores, nor do we look at only your high score.
Will it hurt my chances if I take the February LSAT?
The February LSAT is the last test we will consider for admission for the fall. Taking the February LSAT will not hurt your chances of admission.
What are you looking for in the 250-word essay?
The 250-word essay can be about any topic: current events, something you studied in school, or a personal anecdote. Your choice of topic tells us something about you. We also look at your writing and editing skills and analytical abilities.
How do you consider undergraduate and graduate GPAs?
We do not have a GPA cutoff. We take into account grade trends, the difficulty of your program, the breadth and depth of the classes you took, and any graduate work.
What are the average LSAT scores and GPAs of accepted students?
Please view our Entering Class Profile for LSAT and GPA data as well as other fun facts about the entering class.
What kind of majors are you looking for?
We accept students with a wide variety of majors, from political science to drama to biochemistry.
Who should I ask for letters of recommendation?
We strongly prefer letters from faculty and others who know your academic work directly.
How many letters of recommendation should I submit?
Two letters are required, but you may submit additional letters if you desire. Three letters is very common.
When are decisions made?
The majority of our decisions are sent out from mid-March to mid-April. Our goal is to have all decisions made by mid- to late April. If you are facing scholarship or deposit deadlines and have not yet received a decision from us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, LSAC number, a current phone number, and the school, type of deadline, and date.
Do you allow accepted students to defer admission?
We consider deferral requests on a case-by-case basis. Generally, one-year deferrals are easily obtained if requested by our May deposit deadline. Two-year deferrals are usually granted when an admitted student has a commitment that requires two years to complete, as is the case with some scholarships and fellowships. Three-year deferrals are typically granted only in extreme cases.
Do you have a waitlist?
We keep a relatively small waitlist and the use of it varies from year to year. In the recent past, we have made anywhere from 0 to 10 offers over the summer. Admissions offers from the waitlist can be made as early as May and as late as registration day.
If I am not accepted this year, can I reapply?
Yes, we welcome reapplications. In 2016, Yale Law School received approximately 2,800 applications for the 200 spots in the first-year class. Each year we must turn away many well-qualified candidates. Applicants who are not admitted one year often choose to reapply.
Applicants who choose to reapply to the Law School need to follow the same steps that all first-year applicants to the J.D. program must follow. No materials from prior applications are included in a reapplication, and admissions decisions rendered in prior years will have no influence on a new application.
How do I apply for a joint degree?
Joint degrees are most common with the Yale Graduate School and the School of Management, but students have also arranged joint programs with other Yale departments like Forestry and Environmental Studies, Divinity, and Medicine, and with other universities.
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Ask Asha: Advice from the Dean of Admissions
Asha Rangappa is the associate dean of admissions and financial aid for Yale Law School. Her blog, "Ask Asha," which began in 2007, has provided invaluable information about the general dynamics of law school admissions, as well as specific advice for potential applicants to Yale Law School. We've collected the most popular posts, including videos, answers to frequently asked questions, and stories about what succesful applications do, and what they avoid.