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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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Student and Alumni Profiles


Fred Phillips
’90

Fred P. Phillips IV

Fred Phillips discusses his career path from law school to starting his own company. Part of the Many Paths Initiative.

At Yale Law School, we think hard about law, with freedom to challenge basic assumptions embedded within our legal institutions and to construct new frameworks.”


Monica Bell

Class of 2009, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology