• Admissions application deadline: February 28, 2018
  • Costs & financial aid: Tuition, $59,920; about 73 percent of students receive some form of need-based financial aid. Sixty percent of students receive grants with an average grant of $25, 980. Yale Law School has one of the most generous post-graduate loan forgiveness programs in the country. Last year, YLS provided more than $5.2M to 452 graduates.
  • 2020 J.D. acceptance rate: 8 percent; enrollment rate: 83 percent.




  • More than 625 students come from 169 undergraduate institutions in 47 states and 29 countries. 
  • In the J.D. Class of 2020, 53 percent are women and 47 percent are students of color. 
  • Student/faculty ratio: 7 to 1
  • Average class size: under 20 students
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Media Information

  • The Public Affairs Office provides a range of services to media requesting information on the Law School, its faculty, students, and programs.
  • YLS hosts hundreds of events each year on timely issues ranging from corporate ethics to food laws in China. The YLS Calendar provides information on all upcoming events.

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The clinics at YLS offer students incomparable experiences in representation of poor and marginalized individuals and communities, real-world engagement in complex fields of law, and the development of strategic judgment critical to effective lawyering.”

Professor Muneer Ahmad