Joining the Yale Law School Community

We are looking for students who will excel, both while they are 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 3,500 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. 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 2018-2019, we will begin accepting applications in October 2018, and the deadline will be February 28, 2019. 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.

Please note there is no advantage, in terms of the likelihood of admission, to applying earlier in the cycle; however, candidates who apply in early autumn 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 can read Yale University’s Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements here

Timeline 2018 - 2019

Jul. 23

Aug. 27
Fall term classes begin. We recommend a visit.

Application opens via LSAC application portal.

Sep. 8

Nov. 17

Dec. 19–Jan. 13
Winter recess

Jan. 14
Spring term classes begin.

Jan. 26

Jan. 26
Last possible date to take the LSAT for 2018-2019 application cycle

Feb. 28
Last day applications are accepted

Mar. 15
Financial aid deadline

Mar. 8–Mar. 17
Spring break

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

Apr. 22
Classes end

May 1
Deadline for deposits

Ask Asha: Advice from the Former Dean of Admissions

Asha Rangappa is the former 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 don’t have to be a lawyer, but you have to be an involved person. You have to care enough about things to do something about them. It doesn’t have to be politics. It can be your church, your school, your community center; however, you want to be involved. What you cannot do is ignore things.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Class of 1979