JD Admissions

The Juris Doctor Program

At Yale Law School, students immerse themselves in big ideas, work closely with leading scholars, and gain incredible hands-on experience serving clients and communities in New Haven, across the country, and around the world. As part of the J.D. degree program at Yale, every student works closely with the faculty to complete two major research papers, and some students go on to publish their work. 

Our world-renowned faculty teach a wide array of courses and there are countless opportunities for independent research, writing, and student-organized seminars. With a variety of clinics and centers that serve as hubs for important research and practice, there is no shortage of ways to engage with the law, explore your interests, and learn the critical skills needed to lead and serve.

Outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to work with faculty members as research and teaching assistants and collaborate with peers through a thriving network of student organizations and journals. Yale Law School students leave law school with a broad skill set that provides unlimited career possibilities and personal and professional connections that last a lifetime.

students chatting in the Courtyard
students chatting in the Courtyard

YLS by the Numbers

Yale Law School offers an unmatched intellectual environment with numerous opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the law and make a positive impact on society. Learn more about what sets Yale Law School apart as a leader in legal education.

Centers and Workshops

Faculty and students at Yale Law School can extend the curriculum and further pursue their interests through a variety of centers, programs, and workshops.

Centers & Workshops
Areas of Study

Student Life

Yale Law School students are campus and community leaders, taking part in an array of student organizations (as well as editing the School's eight journals) and enjoying the social and recreational opportunities that the New Haven area has to offer.

Student Services
Student Organizations


The Career Development Office (CDO) works with students and alumni to support their searches for rewarding careers by helping them assess their goals, research possible positions, and apply for jobs.

Career Development
Complete Employment Statistics

front of Sterling Law Building
front of Sterling Law Building

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Yale Law School graduates are leaders in all walks of life, in the private as well as the public sector. Indeed, many work in both sectors over the course of their careers.