Yale Law School evaluates applications without regard to a student’s citizenship or immigration status, and all students are eligible for the Law School’s need-based financial aid. These policies include undocumented students living in the US, whether they hold DACA status or not.
While we strongly prefer that you apply in the year in which you plan to attend, we recognize that some of our admitted students receive other exciting opportunities. To that end, Yale Law School grants a limited number of one-year deferrals. In exceptional cases, such as fellowships or foreign academic scholarships, we may grant a two-year deferral.
More information about deferrals is included in the materials sent to admitted students. Transfer applicants and applicants admitted from the waitlist are not eligible for deferrals.
If you receive an offer of admission or a scholarship offer from another law school before hearing from Yale Law School, please be aware that you have certain rights under LSAC's Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices. First, with the exception of early decision programs or for academic terms beginning in the spring or summer, member law schools are not permitted to request commitments of any kind earlier than April 1. Second, even after April 1, you are always permitted to "freely accept a new offer from a law school even though a scholarship has been accepted, a deposit has been paid, or a commitment has been made to another school." Thus, no law school should ask — or can require — you to withdraw your application from Yale Law School before a decision has been made as a condition of accepting either a scholarship or an offer of admission.
In addition, please note that Yale Law School will consider applications from individuals who have accepted admission through deferred admissions programs for college sophomores and juniors.