Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. At a minimum, applicants for admission to the Juris Doctor program at Yale Law School must:
- Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the first-year class.
- Have graduated from an American college or university accredited by an agency approved by the American Bar Association.
International applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a foreign country will need to demonstrate that the degree earned is the equivalent of a U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree. To do this, applicants must submit their academic transcripts to the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for review.
If you completed any postsecondary work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. Please visit the LSAC Internationally Educated JD Applicants webpage for more information about this.
No. The LSAT is the only exam required of all JD program applicants regardless of citizenship or native language.
Our application process is virtually the same for all applicants, although international students may have additional factors to consider (e.g. student visas, GPA calculations, baccalaureate equivalency). Please visit the LSAC Internationally Educated JD Applicants webpage for more information regarding the application process for international students.
All of our applicants are given full consideration regardless of citizenship. Yale Law School’s scholarly community is globally extensive, and part of our institutional commitment to diversity includes the recruitment of an internationally diverse class.
The Admissions Committee will evaluate, rather than calculate, the GPA and academic performance as indicated on the documents included in the LSAC CAS report. U.S. baccalaureate equivalency is determined by the LSAC, and GPA calculation (when necessary) is also a service completed by the LSAC. Please review the LSAC US/Canadian Transcript Summarization and International Transcript policies. International applicants are also encouraged to use the WES free transcript evaluation tool to verify the equivalence and transferability of completed coursework prior to applying.
Advance standing will not be granted for the completion of coursework in LL.B. and baccalaureate programs. Requests for advance standing are granted in incredibly rare circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. Admitted students who have completed prior legal coursework in an LL.M. program, for example, may submit a petition to the Office of the Registrar to transfer previously completed credits. Advance standing requests are not considered during the application process.
Our transfer application process is specifically for students who wish to transfer to the JD program after completing one year of legal coursework in a JD program at an ABA-accredited U.S. institution. International applicants who have completed LL.M. degree coursework would apply to our JD program as an incoming first-year student.
LL.M.-degree-holding applicants may apply, to the JD program, as new applicants.
Note: Requests for advance standing are granted in incredibly rare circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. Admitted students who have completed prior legal coursework, in an LL.M. program, may submit a petition, to the Office of the Registrar, to transfer previously completed credits. Advance standing requests are not considered during the application process.
No. The LSAT is required of all JD program applicants, due to ABA regulations, and the requirement cannot, on any basis, be waived.
Yes. International students are eligible for two types of financial aid: need-based institutional grants/scholarships and the Yale Graduate and Professional International Loan (YGPI). Eligibility for institutional scholarships is determined by the information that admitted students provide on the Financial Aid Application & Scholarship Tool (FAAST). Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information about this.
No. There is not any tuition differentiation for domestic and international students. Tuition rates are the same, for all students, regardless of citizenship. Please visit the Financial Aid website for information regarding tuition and cost of attendance.