Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions and Answers About Yale Law School

  • How do I get into Yale Law School?

Your basic requirements for getting into Yale Law School is that you need to have finished high school, and have obtained a four-year undergraduate degree at a college or university. In addition, you need to have taken the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

  • How does Yale weigh LSAT scores?

Yale does not technically have a specific formula or index to weigh the LSAT scores. They take all information submitted by the applicant into consideration. They do not average scores or simply look at the highest score. Their method is more subjective in nature.

  • If I am not accepted, can I reapply?

Yale welcomes reapplication. Bear in mind that Yale Law School received around 2,800 applications in 2015 for the open 200 spots in the first-year class. Because there are so many applicants, sometimes well-qualified candidates get rejected. So it is actually quite common, and even encouraged, that those who do not get accepted right off, try again the follow year. Some may believe this effects your chances of getting accepted but there is no influence one way or another whether you are applying for the first time or are reapplying.

  • How can I increase my chances of getting accepted into Yale Law School?

Although there is no real formula for being accepted into Yale, there are a few things you can do to possibly increase your chances of being selected. For example, pick a college major that will require a lot of reading and intense research. This can prepare you and even let those who are selecting candidate know that you are used to the everyday grind of studying and doing research.

Another thing that could help you is to keep an upward grade trend throughout college. This shows that you are not just doing well, but excelling. Take a challenging class load and establish rapport with your professors. Lastly, you’ll want to work on joining extra-curricular activities. Focus on a few good ones and sign up.

  • Which school is more prestigious, Yale or Harvard?

Although both schools are prestigious, they are also quite different. The answer is not as clear cut as most want to believe. Some say Yale is classier, but Harvard is more mainstream. At the end of the day, if you take many rankings into consideration, they are about even with Yale leading by a nose.

  • What is there to do when you aren’t studying?

There are all kinds of fun things to do and places to go when you want to take some down time. New Haven, CT claims to have America’s best pizza at Pepe’s. Just a short trip over to Hampden, you can visit East Rock Park, where there are several trails to hike. You can even take a set of stairs to the top. After about 30 minutes you can oversee the town.

There are other great places to go like West Rock Ridge State Park, Yale New Haven Farm, and the Leitner Planetarium. That is just the beginning of a long list of enjoyable places to go.