Yale University

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PO Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520

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Law School Overview

Its tuition is full-time: $54,650 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 7.7:1. The Law School at Yale University has 139 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At this highly ranked, Ivy League law school, traditional grades no longer exist. In fact, students do not earn any grades at all during their first term at Yale Law School; afterwards, they are graded only by honors, pass, low pass, credit or failure. Class sizes are small, often with less than 20 students. 

There are no areas of concentration at Yale, though students may tailor course selections to suit their interests. Joint degrees are offered in conjunction with other professional and graduate schools at Yale, including the highly ranked School of Management. Students can also take courses at these schools without integrating a second major. Especially ambitious students can earn an accelerated, integrated J.D./MBA in three years, the same amount of time it takes to complete a traditional J.D.

With more than 20 legal clinics at Yale, students can immerse themselves in real-life legal experiences as early as their first year. Students represent real clients in domestic violence disputes, apartment eviction proceedings and more. In addition to clinical experience, students can test their legal smarts in workshops and on-campus centers.

Outside of the classroom, students have about 50 organizations to check out, from the student a cappella group Habeas Chorus to the Yale Federalist Society. Students can live in university-owned graduate student housing in New Haven, Conn., though most choose to live elsewhere around town.

Among the law school’s most notable alumni are former President Bill Clinton and Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.

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Year founded 1824
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee N/A
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (203) 432-4995
Admissions email admissions.law@yale.edu
Website http://www.law.yale.edu


Full- and part-time faculty 139
Student-faculty ratio 7.7:1
Total faculty 169

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 625
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 203


Tuition and fees

full-time: $54,650 per year

Room and board $17,000


Employed at graduation2 89.6%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $61,036


Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,296,662

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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