Yale Law School
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street New Haven, CT 6511
Yale Law School is a private institution located in New Haven, Connecticut, offering a full-time three-year program. It is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious institutions. The law school was founded in 1824 and accepts only 7.3% of its over 5,000 applicants. As a result of its selectivity, Yale Law School’s 187 enrolled students have a median LSAT score of 174 and a 3.94 median undergraduate GPA.
The application fee is $85, and two letters of recommendation are required. Tuition and fees are $69,433 yearly, accompanied by extensive financial aid opportunities. 72% of students receive need-based financial aid, and 69% of students received an average of over $30,000 in grant scholarships.
Yale offers 12 concentrations, and optional M.B.A, Ph.D., and M.A. joint programs. 90% of students take clinical classes in one of the six semesters, and 39% take more than one clinic. Each year, more than 199 doctrinal courses are offered, giving students numerous resources and opportunities for independent research and study. Most doctrinal courses have fewer than 25 students, giving students a more individualized experience. The program has a 4:1 student/faculty ratio.
Students come from a myriad of backgrounds, representing 73 undergraduate institutions, 36 states, and 7 countries. 51% are women, and 54% percent come from a minority background. 17% are also first-generation university students. The average age is 25, and 8% of those enrolled applied directly after earning their undergraduate degree.
Graduates have impressive career outcomes, with over 99.04% percent of students passing the bar exam within two years of graduation, and 98.65% of students being employed 10 months after graduating. The average salary earned is $136,943. Of recent 2021 graduates, 48 have clerkship placements at federal, state, and tribal levels. Moreover, 11 are employed in a position where a JD is an advantage, 6 are employed in business and industry, 19 are employed in government, 39 are employed in public interest, and 30 are employed in academia. Graduates find themselves working across the nation, with New York, the District of Columbia, and California being the most popular locations.
New Haven is a city geared towards students of all backgrounds. There are many volunteer and community projects available for law students to partake in, supported by the countless student-led groups and societies. The city also offers numerous restaurants, stores, parks, and activities for students to fill their leisure time. Each neighborhood of New Haven offers a different experience where students can explore and find their community.
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Employed 10 months post graduation:
- • First Generation Students: 17
• International students: -
• Average age(years): 25
• Minority students: 54%
• Women: 51%
• Veterans: -
• LGBTQ: -
• Graduates that passed the bar exam within 2 years: 99.04%
• Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 250 and less: 8
• Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 251 and above: 78
• Median salary of graduate: -