Joining the Yale Law School Community


We are looking for students who will excel, both while they're here and throughout their careers. We make this determination by assessing all of the information available about each applicant; no one factor, such as GPA or LSAT score, is conclusive.

In recent years, Yale Law School has received approximately 2,800 applications for the 200 spots in the first-year class. Though the process is competitive, we read each application carefully and encourage you to submit yours for consideration.

Read more about our unique review process on the Ask Asha admissions blog. Please note there is no advantage, in terms of the likelihood of admission, to applying earlier in the cycle.

To find out when our application is available, and for updates and announcements throughout the admissions cycle, follow us on Twitter.

When to Apply


In 2017-2018, we will begin accepting applications in late October 2017, and the deadline will be February 28, 2018. It is your responsibility to make sure that all items arrive at Yale in a timely fashion. Most applicants will receive a final response by the end of April.

Candidates who apply in early autumn, however, are likely (although not guaranteed) to receive a decision earlier. Candidates who apply just before the deadline, or whose required materials are submitted late, run the risk of receiving decisions very late in the spring.

How to Apply


We require all first-year applicants to the J.D. program to register for the Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and to submit their applications through the electronic application service that is included with a CAS subscription. Please note that it may take several weeks for LSAC to process your materials. 

Applicants who are unable to access the electronic application available from LSAC may obtain an application form and instructions by writing to the Yale Law School Office of Admissions at P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215 or at [email protected]You can read Yale University’s Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements here

Timeline 2017 - 2018


Aug. 28
Fall term classes begin; we recommend a visit

Late October
Yale begins accepting applications

Sep. 16
LSAT

Dec. 2
LSAT

Dec. 20–Jan. 16
Winter break

Jan. 16
Spring term classes begin

Feb. 10
LSAT

Feb. 10
Last possible date to take the LSAT

Feb. 28
Last day applications are accepted

Mar. 15
Financial aid deadline

Mar. 9–Mar. 19
Spring break

Apr. 10–Apr. 30
Most decisions are made by mid- to late April

Apr. 23
Classes end

May 1
Deadline for deposits

Ask Asha: Advice from the Dean of Admissions


Asha Rangappa is the associate dean of admissions and financial aid for Yale Law School. Her blog, "Ask Asha," which began in 2007, has provided invaluable information about the general dynamics of law school admissions, as well as specific advice for potential applicants to Yale Law School. We've collected the most popular posts, including videos, answers to frequently asked questions, and stories about what succesful applications do, and what they avoid.

You can make a difference… The history of the last 40 years happened because people like you entered the fray and chipped away at problems that they were told were politically impossible to fix.”


Michael Posner

Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2014 Commencement Address