Monday, August 24, 2015


Ask Asha: How is the Yale Law School application process different?

The Yale Law School application process is different in a couple of ways. For the most part, it’s very similar. In terms of applying itself, students follow the same procedure as they would for any law school. They can apply electronically through LSAC, submit all of their materials that way. Once we receive the application, it does diverge from most other admissions processes. I read all the applications. I read about 3,000 of them every year. There are a few people that I read and I admit directly into the class. That’s about 50 to 80 people a year. But the bulk of students, who are incredibly competitive, go on to a faculty review. And Yale is unique in that our entire faculty participates in the admissions process. And I describe that process in more detail on my blog. But what this means is that because every file gets read multiple times, up to three or four times, our process can take a little bit longer, so students who might hear from other law schools very quickly, they might hear from us a little bit later. But, as we say, “No news is good news.” That means that your application is being looked at very carefully.

Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid, describes the application process for Yale Law School. Read more about the application process on Asha's blog entry, The Secret.