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While the small size of Yale Law School—approximately 200 in each entering class—requires a selective admission process, we are committed to a holistic review of every application we receive. 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, and also contribute meaningfully to the Law School community.

Our Viewbook is an excellent overview of the J.D. program and the admissions process, and the Yale Law School Bulletin has course listings and detailed program information.

Please note:  Due to the large number of requests that we received to extended the deadline, our application will remain available until 7:00 PM ET on Monday, February 17.


Each year we dedicate ourselves once again to the pursuit of excellence, to the creation of an outstanding legal education in an atmosphere of unsurpassed scholarship and intellectual stimulation.”

Robert C. Post

Class of 1977, Sterling Professor of Law and Former Dean