Historic photo of Sterling Law Building

Our History

Yale Law School’s storied history spans two centuries of tradition, community, scholarship, and big ideas that have helped set us apart.

Delve into our history and explore material from our rich archives. Explore the historical timeline prepared by the staff at the Lillian Goldman Law Library showcasing some of the accomplishments and milestones of the last 200 years.

Discover fun facts about YLS, from gargoyles and stained glass to Batman and Indiana Jones.

And take a virtual tour of the Law School today and its two buildings, the Sterling Law Building and Baker Hall. 

Law Library on Church Street
Law Library on Church Street

Historical Timeline

Travel back through the 200 years of our history.

Yale Law School’s history includes scholarly breakthrough and clinical triumphs. It also features some unusual and interesting trivia. Below is a sampling of fun facts about the School.

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Additional History

Discover the history of Yale Law School, which dates back to the earliest days of the 19th century.


Take a virtual tour of the beautiful and unique details that make up the Sterling Law Building.

The county courthouse that housed Yale Law School in the 1800s
Striving for the Golden Age