Yale Law School is consistently ranked in the top 3 law schools in America. What makes it so special, and why should you consider Yale for your education? Here are some facts about Yale Law School.
Small School, Big Reputation
You might think that such a highly-ranked law school would be a vast institution with a large student body. That’s not the case:
- Yale has approximately 650 students.
- The student to faculty ratio is 7.9:1.
- Most classes have less than 20 students.
- Over 70 full-time faculty members teach at Yale.
- The number of visiting professors and fellows varies, but is usually around 50.
- New Haven, Connecticut, where Yale is located, has approximately 130,500 citizens.
Yale Law School has some impressive statistics when it comes to performance:
- Last year, student attrition was less than .5% in the 1L and 2L classes; no students dropped out in the third and fourth-year classes.
- Over 93% of Yale graduates passed the Bar last year.
- In 2013, Yale Law School is ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report.
Famous Yale Law School alumni include:
- Former U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton
- Current Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas
- Current U.S. Senators Michael Bennett (D-Colorado), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Chris Coons (D-Delaware)
- Current U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington D.C.)
- Current governor of California, Jerry Brown
Yale Law School alumni also hold or have held positions as:
- U.S. Attorneys General
- U.S. Solicitors General
- U.S. Government cabinet-level officials
- Federal Court judges
- State politicians
- State judges
- City government officials
- U.S. diplomats
- International heads of state
- University presidents
- Law school deans
- Legal scholars
- Business leaders
- Military officers
Yale’s clinical programs are one of its main draws for students who want to gain a lot of practical experience during law school. Yale is unique in that:
- Even first-year law students are able to take clinics and appear in court.
- Students who participate in clinics work with real clients.
- Faculty members mentor and supervise clinical program students.
- More than 20 different clinic opportunities are available.
Centers, Programs and Workshops
Opportunities abound for law students at Yale. Centers focus on specific global issues such as environmental law, human rights and corporate law.
Workshops are offered throughout the school year (some as often as weekly) and cover a broad range of topics, including:
- Law and Religion
- Legal History
- Legal Theory
- Dispute Resolution
- Workplace Theory
- Chinese Legal Reform
- Law and Finance
Other Facts About Yale
- As of 2013, full-time tuition at Yale is $51,350 for both resident and non-resident students.
- Approximately 80% of students receive partial scholarships or grants.
- The acceptance rate in 2012 was 8 percent.
- 48 percent of students at Yale Law School are female.
- 29.4 percent of students at Yale Law School are from underrepresented racial groups.
- Nearly 3,000 prospective students applied to Yale Law School for the 2015 academic year; 237 were offered acceptance.