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Take a Tour
Welcome to Yale Law School! Tours led by current students at Yale Law School depart from the Admissions Office every Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 1:00 p.m. during the academic year.
If you are planning a visit at another time, below is a brief self-guided tour and map of Yale Law School for your reference. Please note that the Admissions Office will be closed on weekends.
Self-Guided Tour of Yale Law School
- Admissions Office – The Admissions Office is located in Ruttenberg Hall, Suite 175. Please stop by to sign in and to pick up an admissions viewbook, a self-guided tour, and a campus map.
- Courtyard – Exit the Admissions Office, turn left, go down a short flight of stairs, and go out the door to the Law School Courtyard. Students, faculty, and staff use the Courtyard to study, meet, and relax. Many events, including YLS community picnics and occasionally classes, are held in the Courtyard.
- “The Table” – Enter the main Law School building through the double doors located in the middle of the covered walkway. Go up a short flight of stairs to the Main Hallway and you’ll find The Table, a central meeting place for the YLS community. This is a great place to talk to students about their Law School experience.
- Classrooms – To the right of The Table is Room 127, the Law School’s largest classroom. Many Law School events and lectures are held here. Smaller seminar rooms can be found directly behind the Student Lounge (described below). Wireless internet and electrical outlets are available at every seat in the Law School.
- Seminar Rooms – Proceed past the Registrar’s Office and turn left. This hallway contains many of the seminar rooms where first-term “small groups” meet. Each year, YLS offers about 35 seminars of fewer than 20 students.
- Student Lounge – Continue halfway down this hallway and on your left is the Student Lounge, another gathering place, where a big screen TV is available for viewing major events (Presidential debates, World Series, etc.). Next to the Student Lounge is the Alumni Reading Room, where students find a quiet space to read and relax between classes. The Alumni Reading Room has portraits of notable YLS alums, including former President Clinton and President and Justice Taft.
- Lillian Goldman Law Library – Walk through the Student Lounge back to the Main Hallway and go up the stairs to the 3rd floor to the Law School library’s main entrance. The library has six levels and houses one of the world’s finest collections of printed legal materials. The main reading room where many students have carrels is an impressive space dominated by large Gothic windows with stained glass medallions.
- Levinson Auditorium – Go back down the stairs to the Main Hallway and turn left. At the end of the Main Hallway on the right is the Levinson Auditorium, where many of the larger Law School programs and events take place. It has hosted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and philosopher Jurgen Habermas, as well as the final round of the Moot Court competition and Law Revue, the end-of-year student parody show.
- Derald H. Ruttenberg Dining Hall – At the end of the Main Hallway turn left and at the end of the hall (you will pass the signs for the public restrooms on your right) is the Law School’s Derald H. Ruttenberg Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is generally open weekdays from 8am to 7pm but closes at 3:30pm on Fridays. Hot meals, drinks, and snacks are available à la carte. This is another great place to talk to current Law School students.
Guided Tours of Yale University
The Mead Visitor Center is the front door of Yale University and welcomes its visitors from around the world. It is located at 149 Elm Street, across from the New Haven Green. Drop by for information about Yale or to take a guided walking tour led by Yale College undergraduates. Tours are free and open to the public and depart from the Center at 10:30am and 2:00pm (weekdays) and at 1:30pm (weekends).
For more information, you can contact the Visitor Information Center at (203) 432-2300.
“ There are many law schools. Ours is special. It’s a close-knit community of faculty, students, and staff committed to excellence in everything we do.”
Harold Hongju Koh
Sterling Professor of International Law and Former Dean