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A Place for Thought and Action


From the first small group class meeting to the final gathering at Commencement, Yale Law School is an extraordinary community in which to study law. In addition to a rich history and an accomplished student body, our unmatched faculty-student ratio allows us to offer a vast array of courses, an average class size of approximately 20 students, and countless opportunities for independent research, writing, and student-organized seminars.

With its world-renowned faculty, fascinating students, and distinguished speakers, Yale Law School is an invigorating place to think about the law. Some students choose to focus on traditional “black-letter law” classes, while others experiment with cutting-edge legal theory or interdisciplinary courses. Students may undertake independent writing projects following their own academic interests or organize reading groups around a specific topic. Conferences and panels throughout the year continue to explore ideas about the law and its role in society.

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A Closer Look at YLS


View a collection of photos and videos that gives an inside look at the world of Yale Law School and its stunning and historic campus.

Student and Alumni Profiles


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Reginald Dwayne Betts

A student perspective on clinics and financial aid.

At heart, Yale Law School is about a distinctive culture of intellectual curiosity about the law. We think good ideas matter. Our faculty and, most of all, our students live this idea every day.”


John Fabian Witt

Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law; Class of 1999