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Yale Law School

From the first day of orientation to the final gathering at Commencement, Yale Law School is an extraordinary community in which to study law. In addition to a rich history and an accomplished student body, our unmatched faculty-student ratio allows us to offer a vast array of courses, an average class size of under 25 students, and countless opportunities for independent research, writing, and student-organized discussion groups. With almost 200 courses taught by more than 60 full-time faculty and dozens of visiting faculty, lecturers, and adjunct professors, the choices for the study of law at Yale Law School are only as limited as your imagination.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 615
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 170 - 176
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.84 - 3.98
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.62%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95.0%
Tuition $53,600

Overview

Overview

About Yale Law School

From the first day of orientation to the final gathering at Commencement, Yale Law School is an extraordinary community in which to study law. In addition to a rich history and an accomplished student body, our unmatched faculty-student ratio allows us to offer a vast array of courses, an average class size of under 25 students, and countless opportunities for independent research, writing, and student-organized discussion groups. With almost 200 courses taught by more than 60 full-time faculty and dozens of visiting faculty, lecturers, and adjunct professors, the choices for the study of law at Yale Law School are only as limited as your imagination.

Reviews

It’s hard to beat Yale Law School, where the atmosphere is “highly intellectual” and classes are mostly “small” (first-year classes vary in size from fifteen to ninety students). One of the many uniquely cool things about Yale is that “there aren’t very many required courses.” All 1Ls must complete course work in constitutional law, contracts, procedure, and torts. There’s also a small, seminar-style legal research and writing course, and that’s pretty much it. Best of all, there are “no grades.” First semester classes are graded pass/fail. After first semester, there is some semblance of grades but, since Yale doesn’t keep track of class rank, it’s not a big deal. Academically, “This is the best place in the world.” “It’s easy to learn about whatever you’re interested in, from medieval European law to helping immigrants in the modern-day United States,” says one student. Yale is home to cutting-edge centers and programs galore. Clinical opportunities are vast and available “in your first year,” which is a rarity. You can represent family members in juvenile neglect cases, provide legal services for nonprofit organizations, or participate in complicated federal civil rights cases. It’s also “easy” to obtain joint-degrees or simply “cross-register for other classes” at Yale. A particularly unique program allows students to get a joint-degree at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.Student report that the administration is “generally friendly.” Word on the faculty is mixed. “I love all my professors,” beams a 2L. “They will help me with anything.” Nearly all agree that “most professors are delighted to help you.” When jobs and clerk­ships are on the line, it’s not uncommon for professors to personally make calls on behalf of students “to high-profile firms or government officials.” Other students, however, tell us the faculty isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Quality teaching is not valued enough,” gripes a critic. “Professors are hired based on their scholarship rather than their ability to teach or their interest in interacting with students.”Employment prospects are simply awesome. A degree from Yale virtually guarantees “an easy time finding a good job” and a lifetime of financial security. There is “very solid career support” (including “lots of free wine” at recruiting events). But did you know that Yale prolifically produces public interest attorneys? It’s true. Every one of Yale’s graduates could immediately take the big firm route but, each year, hordes of them don’t. Yale “encourages diverse career paths” and “nontraditional routes” (“especially in aca­demia and public interest”) and annually awards dozens of public interest fellowships to current students and newly minted grads. There’s a “great” loan forgiveness program too.Facilities are phenomenal. Yale boasts wireless Internet access throughout the Law School, wireless common areas, and perhaps the greatest law library in the history of humanity. “The research facilities are spectacular.” Aesthetically, “Everything is beauti­ful,” especially if you are into “wood paneling, stained glass windows, and hand-carved moldings.” “If you care about architecture and Ivy League ambiance, come to Yale.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 203

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/Ph.D. History, JD/Ph.D. Political Science, JD/MS Forestry, JD/MS Sociology, JD/MS Statistics, JD/MBA and JD/Ph.D. (w/ Yale School of Management) and others.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 167
Full-Time Faculty 85
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 16
Part-Time Faculty 66
Faculty Gender 73% Male
26% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 63%
Multi-racial 5%
International 6%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $53,600 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $70,600 $53,600

Financial Aid

73% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$58,093 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 28

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Yale Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 170 - 176
LSAT Total 170 - 176

Yale Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.84 - 3.98
Total 3.84 - 3.98

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Toughest To Get Into

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 72%
First Time Pass Rate 94%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 82%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 200
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95%
Average Starting Salary $64,724
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 2 1%
Firm Sized 11-25 1 0%
Firm Sized 26-50 0 0%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 0%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 6 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 60 28%
Business Industry 9 4%
Government 7 3%
Public Interest 24 11%
Federal Clerkship 77 36%
State Clerkship 7 3%
Other Clerkship 3 1%
Academia 9 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 13%
DC 13%
NY 30%
International 4%

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