Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
You are welcome to visit the Law School anytime, particularly when classes are in session. Check our online events calendar to see if there are events or conferences you would like to attend (and to see whether classes are in session). Tours led by Yale Law School students take place most Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the term.
All applications must be submitted no later than February 28, 2018.
Yes. Applications must be submitted electronically through LSAC.
We do not use a formula or index to weigh various factors (like LSAT scores). We consider all of the information about an applicant, including multiple LSAT scores. We do not average scores, nor do we look at only your high score.
The January LSAT is the last test we will consider for fall admission. To be considered for fall admission, during the cycle in which you are applying, you must submit your application with a score from an LSAT taken prior to our February deadline.
The 250-word essay can be about any topic: current events, something you studied in school, or a personal anecdote. Your choice of topic tells us something about you. We also look at your writing and editing skills and analytical abilities.
Please view our Entering Class Profile for LSAT and GPA data as well as other fun facts about the entering class.
We accept students with a wide variety of majors, from political science to drama to biochemistry.
We strongly prefer letters from faculty and others who know your academic work directly.
Two letters are required, but you may submit additional letters if you desire. Three letters is very common.
The majority of our decisions are sent out between February and April, with the intention to release all decisions by mid-to-late April. If you are facing scholarship or deposit deadlines and have not yet received a decision from us, please know that you have at least until April 1 to make this decision. Law schools are not permitted to ask applicants to accept a scholarship before that date (see the LSAC Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices), by which all law schools agree to abide.
We consider deferral requests on a case-by-case basis. Generally, one-year deferrals are easily obtained if requested by our May deposit deadline. Two-year deferrals are usually granted when an admitted student has a commitment that requires two years to complete, as is the case with some scholarships and fellowships. Three-year deferrals are typically granted only in extreme cases.
We keep a relatively small waitlist and the use of it varies from year to year. In the recent past, we have made anywhere from 0 to 10 offers over the summer. Admissions offers from the waitlist can be made as early as May and as late as registration day.
Yes, we welcome reapplications. In 2017, Yale Law School received over 2,900 applications for the 200 spots in the first-year class. Each year we must turn away many well-qualified candidates. Applicants who are not admitted one year often choose to reapply.
Applicants who choose to reapply to the Law School need to follow the same steps that all first-year applicants to the J.D. program must follow. No materials from prior applications are included in a reapplication, and admissions decisions rendered in prior years will have no influence on a new application.
Joint degrees are most common with the Yale Graduate School and the School of Management, but students have also arranged joint programs with other Yale departments like Forestry & Environmental Studies, Divinity, and Medicine, and with other universities.
While we do not specifically request a diversity statement, you are welcome to provide one as an addendum. Many students from diverse backgrounds submit excellent diversity statements that help us learn more about them and how they would contribute to our community. However, you should not feel any pressure to submit a diversity statement, especially if you have covered key aspects of your background and experiences in other parts of your application. One way to decide whether to include a diversity statement is to consider those elements of your identity that are core to who you are, and make sure they are represented in your application in an authentic and non-duplicative way.