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- J.D. Admissions application deadline: February 15, 2023, for the class entering in August 2023.
- Costs & financial aid: Tuition and Fees, $71,425; about 76 percent of students receive some form of need-based financial aid. Sixty-nine percent of students receive grants with a median grant of $32,697. Yale Law School has one of the most generous post-graduate loan forgiveness programs in the country. In 2020, YLS provided more than $5.4M to more than 400 graduates.
- 2023 J.D. acceptance rate: 7.3 percent; enrollment rate: 84 percent.
- All Yale Law students are equally meritorious, so all financial aid is based on need—not based on merit. The admissions process is need-blind, and our financial aid office meet 100% of demonstrated need with a combination of loans and generous scholarships.
- 72 percent of students receive financial aid.
- 69 percent of students receive need-based scholarship.
- $13M awarded in need-based scholarships during the 2020–2021 academic year, with a median incoming scholarship of $32K.
- 200 students received funding for summer public interest work for 2021.
- 100% of Yale Law School need-based loans and up to $30K of need-based undergraduate loans are eligible for repayment.
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- More than 70 full-time faculty.
- More than 50 lecturers, fellows, and affiliated faculty.
- Faculty engaged in a wide range of disciplines and legal arenas including international, constitutional, criminal justice, environmental, and corporate law. Many are also active through their work in numerous Yale Law School centers and programs and throughout our robust clinical offerings.
- One of the most influential law faculties in the country in terms of scholarly impact.
- Yale Law faculty include former prosecutors, public defenders, state department officials, supreme court advocates, and CEOs.
- Courses: More than 199 doctrinal courses offered each year, with many opportunities for independent research and writing.
- 158 of these courses have less than 25 people in each class.
- 4:1 student to faculty ratio.
- Two significant faculty supervised papers before graduation.
- Programs: J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Ph.D., and M.S.L.; many joint degrees, including J.D.-M.B.A., J.D.-Ph.D., and J.D.-M.A.
- More than 30 clinics available, starting spring term first year; 90% of students take clinics. Clinics cover a comprehensive range of subjects from criminal justice and veterans’ rights to economic development and financial markets.
- Students can take clinical classes 5 out of the 6 terms they are at Yale Law School.
- 90% of students participate in at least one clinic. 39% participate in more than one clinic.
- Of the 209 members of the Class of 2023, 52 percent are students of color, 48 percent are women, 24 percent are the first in their families to attend graduate or professional school, and 11 percent are the first in their families to graduate from college.
- Students in the Class of 2023 come from 7 different countries, 34 different states, and 82 different undergraduate institutions. They have collectively lived and worked in 73 different countries, read and speak 31 different languages, and hold 57 advanced graduate degrees.
- There are more than 50 different student organizations and eight student journals.
- Yale Law School offers generous fellowships for summer public interest work.
- Yale Law School has more than 13,000 alumni who are leaders in law firms, corporations, public interest, business, government, the judiciary, and academics in the United States and around the world.
- Ten years after graduating, 99 percent of our alumni express job satisfaction.
- 44 percent have pursued careers in the public interest.
- 48 percent have clerked for a judge.
Lillian Goldman Law Library
- The Lillian Goldman Law Library has nearly one million print volumes as well as unparalleled access to domestic, foreign, and international law databases.
- Students also have access to 15 Yale University libraries, including the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, home to a copy of the Gutenberg Bible.
- Special strengths of the collection include interdisciplinary works emphasizing law and the social sciences, extensive print and online resources covering foreign and international law, and an exceptional collection of rare and historical law books.
“ We, as lawyers, can be builders too. We can use our tools to build a society in which every member of the new generation can celebrate her graduation — not only with joy but with well-founded hope for the future.”
Professor Anne L. Alstott
Class of 1987, 2013 Commencement Address