How to Apply

Who Is Eligible

The Yale Law School Launchpad Scholars Program, powered by Latham & Watkins, is for applicants who are planning to apply to law school in the fall of 2025, with the goal of enrolling in law school in the fall of 2026. The program is open to current college students as well as college graduates. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 and must be 18 years old by the time the program begins. There is no cost to apply to, or participate in, the program.

The program is open to everyone, but we especially welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals who are (or will be) the first in their families to graduate from college, individuals from low-income backgrounds, members of racially and ethnically underrepresented groups, members of the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans or military service members.

Scholars will be selected based on their potential for academic excellence, leadership promise, engagement with their communities, and ability to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives.

Yale Law School is committed to equal opportunity and accessibility to all candidates who show great academic and personal promise irrespective of citizenship status. These policies include undocumented students living in the U.S., whether they hold DACA status or not.

Key Application Dates

Please find the dates for 2024 application cycle listed below.

Information sessionsNovember 2023 – April 2024
Application opensMarch 4, 2024
First round applications dueMay 1, 2024 
Notification of selection for second roundMay 30, 2024
Second round requirements due (for selected applicants)June 6, 2024
Interviews for second round candidatesJune 10-12, 2024
Notification of final decisionsJune 17, 2024

Application Materials

Applications for the 2024-2025 cycle have closed. Applications are reviewed in two rounds. The materials required for each round are as follows:

First Round Materials: Due by May 1, 2024 at 11:59pm ET

  • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • Résumé
  • Responses to two Short Answer Questions with an optional third Short Answer Question
  • One Recommendation Form minimum and up to two Recommendation Forms maximum. (Your recommenders will be asked to complete an electronic version of the recommendation form.)


Second Round Materials: Due by June 6, 2024 at 11:59pm ET, for selected applicants

  • Diagnostic LSAT (The LSAT diagnostic is requested so that we can better understand applicants’ starting point with respect to testing. There is no minimum score requirement.)
  • A draft weekly study schedule outlining anticipated commitments during the program
  • 20-minute interview (interviews will be conducted from June 10-12, 2024 after the above materials have been submitted)
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Apply to the Program

Applications to the Launchpad Scholars Program 2024-2025 cycle have closed. Applications for the 2025-2026 cycle will open next spring. We invite interested applicants to complete our inquiry form.