How & When To Apply

In order to apply to Yale Law School, you must subscribe to the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and submit their applications electronically. The Admissions Office will notify you by e-mail when your application has been received and when it is complete. The most efficient way for you to learn whether or not Yale Law School has received your application is to check your LSAC account online to see whether Yale has requested your CAS Report.

Yale Law School will accept applications for the Class of 2023 between October 1, 2019, and February 15, 2020. Please note that it may take several weeks for LSAC to process your materials. Under our review process there is no advantage, in terms of the likelihood of admission, to applying earlier in the application cycle—your chances of admission remain constant regardless of when you submit your application. Candidates who apply earlier may, however, receive a decision sooner than candidates who apply later.

Our Review Process

Applications are considered approximately in the order in which they are completed. Your application will be considered complete and ready for review once the Law School receives your application materials, a CAS Report, an LSAT and/or GRE score(s), and two letters of recommendation. We will not hold your application in order to wait for additional letters of recommendation, later test scores, or any other additional materials. To ensure that all of your recommendations are available for consideration, please verify that they are on file with LSAC prior to applying to the Law School.

Every application is reviewed first by a member of the Admissions Office. We read all applications and take all factors into account in a comprehensive review process. There is no cut-off point for grade point averages or test scores. No one part of an application is conclusive and the potential for academic and professional excellence can be demonstrated in many ways. After this review, a small number of outstanding applicants are directly admitted in consultation with one faculty member. Additionally, the most promising applications are sent for further review and scoring by three Law School professors. Faculty reviewers evaluate applications based on their own criteria. On the basis of these faculty scores, we admit candidates and establish a waitlist. We recognize that you have spent a great deal of time and effort on your application materials and we aim to give each one the attention it deserves.

An applicant to whom an offer of admission is being made will be notified immediately. Given our holistic review of each application and the significant involvement of faculty members in the review process, our decision-making process can be lengthy. We appreciate your patience throughout the review process.

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.