Yale Law School

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Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Established in 1843, the school offers the J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., and M.S.L. degrees in law. It also hosts visiting scholars and several legal research centers. Yale Law School has been rated #1 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report in every year in which the magazine has ranked law schools. Among other luminaries, former U.S. President William Howard Taft was a professor of constitutional law there from 1913 until he resigned to become Chief Justice of the United States in 1921. Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton studied there later in the century, and the law school's library has been memorialized as the meeting place of Bill and fellow alum Hillary Clinton. Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are alumni of the school.

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Yale Law Admissions

Yale Law is considered a Highly Competitive law school, which accepts only 10% of its applicants. Comparatively, Yale is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2025 2767 269 (9.72%) 200 (7.2%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.86 3.93 3.98
LSAT 171 173 176

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $58,050 $58,050
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $20,276
  • Living off-campus: $20,276
  • Living at home: $20,276

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/01
  • Application Fee: $60

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Yale Law Community

Yale Law is considered to have a Highly Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Yale is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 63
  • Part Time: 84

Faculty

  • # Female Faculty: 54
  • # Minority Faculty: 15

Ratio

9.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Yale Law Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Yale Law 1L section size is 15% larger than law schools in Connecticut and 24% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Yale Law: 191
Connecticut Average: 162
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 215
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 770

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 58
  • Law Journals: 451
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 1.0%
  • Second Year: 0.5%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Yale Law Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Yale Law class of 2020 had an employment rate of 92% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2020, 70.5%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 40.0%
  • Business: 7.0%
  • Government: 6.0%
  • Public Interest: 12.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • New York: 36%
  • District of Columbia: 14%
  • California: 12%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 70.5%
  • First Time Takers: 210
  • Average School: 91.9%
  • Average State: 75.5%
  • Pass Difference: 16.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 107 of 111 (96.4%)
  • State Average: 75.5%
  • Difference: 17.8%