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Yale Law School

Overview

Cocktails with David Boies

Boies Schiller & Flexner, Yale Law School Alum

"I’ve always believed that one of the great things about being a lawyer is you have an opportunity to really make a very comfortable living. At the same time, it allows you to make a real contribution to society and really make change. The opportunity is there ..."

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Yale Law: Some History

A Yale Law School history in portraits, as told by Former Dean Guido Calabresi.



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Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Ethan Klingsberg

Cleary Gottlieb; Yale Law School Alum

"A common misconception is that hedge fund insurgents target only underperforming or distressed companies. In fact, the boards and managements that are most frequently attacked by activists are those overseeing companies characterized by steady cash flows and healthy balance sheets."

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Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Gary Horlick

Solo Practitioner; Yale Law School Alum

"I’m thoroughly enjoying being my own boss, but I spent most of my career very happily in large, high-quality law firms. I started at Steptoe & Johnson, a wonderful firm, which is now my landlord, and left when I was offered a very interesting government job. ..."

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Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Gregory Markel

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Yale Law School Alum

"... my first year out of law school, I was working at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and they put me in the corporate department – and that’s where I thought I would fit in. After a year or two, I hated it and thought, “Let me try some litigation,” and I loved it."

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Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with James Giddens

Hughes Hubbard; Yale Law School Alum

"Litigation in my view is not necessarily zero sum; in bankruptcy the effort is often best spent for creditors making the best of a bad situation, and preserving value for all stakeholders."

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Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Maureen O'Rourke

BU Law Dean; Yale Law School Alum

"We are seeing increasing numbers of students take jobs in small and mid-size firms, corporations and the government. We also are seeing more students go out on their own, whether as solo practitioners or, more often, as part of entrepreneurial ventures."

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Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Richard Revesz

NYU School of Law Dean Emeritus; Yale Law School Alum

"... I also say, only half jokingly, that collaborating with students was an efficient way for me to stay active and publishing. With all that I had to do as dean, finding uninterrupted hours to work on a paper or book was difficult."

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Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Robert Giuffra

Sullivan & Cromwell; Yale Law School Alum

"... I don’t think there’s a better way to learn how to be a litigator than serving as a law clerk ... Serving as Chief Counsel of the Senate Banking Committee involved everything from organizing hearings to supervising investigations to drafting legislation."

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Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Seth Waxman: Born to Run

WilmerHale; Yale Law School Alum

“... I also came to realize that, having grown up as a litigator, it’s really hard for me to produce work product without a deadline — and, more to the point, a deadline that affects somebody else’s life and not just mine."

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Lawdragon 500 Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with William Treanor

Dean, Georgetown Law; Yale Law School Alum

“... I thought of government as a way to make a difference in people’s lives and to help them, and, early on, I decided that the best way to become involved in government was to become a lawyer."

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Admissions Profile

Admission rate %:
9%
Number students applying:
2,859
Number students accepted:
255
First-year attrition rate:
1%

LSAT Scores 2014

75th percentile:
176
Median:
173
25th percentile:
179

GPA 2014

75th percentile:
3.97
Median:
3.91
25th percentile:
3.82

Financial Profile

Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $56,200 0
Non-resident 0 0
Living Expenses Full-time
On Campus $20,202
Off Campus $20,202                 

Education Life Profile

School Population

Total number students enrolled:
608
Number students enrolled full-time:
607
Number students enrolled part-time:
1
Number of first-year students:
200

Gender Diversity

% Women faculty:
32%
% Women students:
48%

Ethnic / Racial / Global Diversity

% Minority faculty:
12%
% Minority students:
30%
% International students:
5%

Academic Profile

Student Opportunities

Number of law journals:
9
Names of law journals:
Yale Law Journal, Yale Law & Policy Review, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Yale Journal of International Law, Yale Journal on Regulation, Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal; Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; Yale Journal of Law and Technology
% of students involved in law journals:
110%
Number of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
22
Names of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
The Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic, Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic, Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic, Landlord-Tenant Clinic, Legislative Advocacy Clinic, Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic, Transnational Development Clinic, Veterans Legal Services Clinic, Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinics, Capital Punishment Clinic, Education Adequacy Project Clinic, Environmental Protection Clinic, Ethics Bureau, Global Health Justice Partnership, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development, Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, Nonprofit Organizations Clinic, Prosecution Externship, San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, Supreme Court Clinic
% of students in faculty-supervised clinical courses:
130%
% of students in field placements:
10%
% of students in simulation courses:
13%

Curriculum Strengths

Overall Program Excellence

Graduate Employment Profile

National Employment Rate Percent Number of
Graduates
National Employment Rate 2014 73% 167
National Employment Rate 2013 79% 160
State Employment Rate 2014 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer NY 36% 75
State 2nd Largest Employer DC 14% 29
State 3rd Largest Employer CA 12% 25
State Employment Rate 2013 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer NY 27% 51
State 2nd Largest Employer DC 20.7% 39
State 3rd Largest Employer CA 11.7% 22

Employment by Job Categories

Law Firm Solo
0
Law Firm 2-10
0.5%
Law Firm 11-25
0.5%
Law Firm 26-50
0
Law Firm 51-100
0
Law Firm 101-250
3.2%
Law Firm 251-500
1.1%
Law Firm 501+
28.7%
Law Firm Unknown Size
0
Business & Industry
3.2%
Government
4.8%
Public Interest / Service
11.7%
Clerkships Federal
37.8%
Clerkships State / Local
2.1%
Education / Academia
2.1%
Other
0.5%

First-Time Bar Pass Rates

Bar Exam Eligibility:
Most Current
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 98% 85%
State 2 CA 91% 71%
State 3
One Year Prior
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 94% 82%
State 2 CA 90% 71%
State 3
Two Years Prior State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 96% 85%
State 2 CA 84% 72%
State 3

Type of School

Accreditation Status:
ABA Accredited
Public / Private:
Private
Part-time:
No
Affiliation:
Feeder School 1:
Feeder School 2:
Feeder School 3:

Student Bar Association

Contact Phone:
URL (if any):

Link to Lawdragon Survey

Link to Survey:

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School Information

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
Region:
New England
Main Phone:
203-432-4992
Admissions Phone:
203-432-4995
School Website:

Administration

Dean of School:
Robert
C.
Post
Undergraduate:
AB
School:
Harvard University
Law Degree:
JD
School:
Yale
Graduate Degree:
PhD
School:
Harvard University
Director of Admissions:
Asha
Rangappa
Undergraduate:
AB
School:
Princeton University
Law Degree:
JD
School:
Yale University
Graduate Degree:
School:

Reputation Profile

Notable Alumni

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