What does Yale Law School look for in applicants?

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Posted by Ria Mueda (Questions: 11, Answers: 8)
Asked on August 28, 2014 5:55 am
Category: Law School
Posted by Anna Patricia (Questions: 8, Answers: 12)
Answered On August 29, 2014 2:35 am

Honestly, they tend to skew strongly in favor of people with strong academic backgrounds. Unlike Harvard (and to some extent, Stanford), which place a greater emphasis on GPA/LSAT, Yale Law tends to treat GPA and LSAT as threshold issues – and it’s often things like extensive academic work or additional degrees (masters, PhDs, etc.) that make the difference. I base this not only on my personal experience, but also on extensive discussion with the former director of admissions – Jean Webb (Jean | inGenius prep).

Frankly, this isn’t surprising, given that the admissions process at YLS centers very strongly on the professors (who ultimately make most of the decisions).

Long story short – write a senior thesis, get some publications if you can, it certainly won’t hurt. Also – write your 250 on an intellectual or academic hobby…those are overwhelmingly popular among accepted students.

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