Apply to Yale Law School


The small size of Yale Law School — approximately 200 in each entering class — requires a selective admission process. Overall, the Law School seeks the most promising students in terms of professional and academic distinction. We seek to admit students who can both perform very well academically at Yale Law School, and also contribute meaningfully to the Law School community.

For the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, we will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2019 and our deadline will be February 15, 2020. Unlike many other law schools, there is no strategic advantage, in terms of the likelihood of admission, to applying earlier in the cycle to Yale Law School.  However, candidates who apply earlier may receive a decision earlier in the cycle; candidates who apply later, or whose application materials are submitted later, will likely receive their decisions later in the spring.

All first-year applicants to the J.D. program must register for the Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) to submit their applications electronically. Please note that it may take several weeks for LSAC to process your materials. Applicants who are unable to access the LSAC electronic application may obtain an application form by contacting the Admissions Office directly. You can read Yale University’s Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements here

You may also review last year's 2018-2019 Viewbook and, for course listings and program information, please feel free to consult the Yale Law School Bulletin.

You don’t have to be a lawyer, but you have to be an involved person. You have to care enough about things to do something about them. It doesn’t have to be politics. It can be your church, your school, your community center; however, you want to be involved. What you cannot do is ignore things.”


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Class of 1979