Every year, approximately 75 international students are enrolled at Yale Law School (evenly divided between the J.D. program and the graduate program). Yale University hosts more than 3,500 international students and scholars representing more than 100 countries. The Law School’s graduate programs are truly global—both in the breadth of opportunities available through Yale Law School and in the composition of our student body. Students enjoy small class sizes and the camaraderie of many international and J.D. students, the intimacy of a small program, and a close relationship with the Yale Law School faculty.

The Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) is responsible for the provision of international student support services at Yale. OISS is available to answer students' questions and to help with any problem that a student might have. Enrolled students and scholars are asked to check in with OISS after arriving at Yale.

In an effort to ease international applicants' navigation of the admissions process, we have provided the answers to frequently asked questions.

International Applicant FAQs


Applicants for admission as candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor at Yale Law School must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the first-year class.
  2. Graduated from an American college or university accredited by an agency approved by the American Bar Association.

Note: 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 Services (LSAS) JD Credential Assembly Service.

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 regarding the application process.

The LSAT is the only exam required of all JD program applicants regardless of citizenship.

Yes, international students may receive two main 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 applying for financial aid.

There is no 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.

Our application process is virtually the same for all applicants although international students may have additional factors to consider (e.g. student visas, GPA calculation, baccalaureate equivalency, etc.). 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, and equitable, 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. 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.

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. Advance standing will not be granted for the completion of coursework in LL.B. and baccalaureate programs.

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, will have to submit an application through the regular JD program portal.

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.

The LSAT is required of all JD program applicants, due to ABA regulations, and the requirement cannot, on any basis, be waived. Please visit our application process webpage for a detailed list of admission requirements.