Yale Law School

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Yale Law School is one of the professional schools of Yale University, based in New Haven, Connecticut. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the country.

Famous alumni include Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Duncan Kennedy, Ben Stein, Reva Siegel, Pat Robertson, Steven Brill, Clarence Thomas, and Gerald Ford.

It offers the following degrees: J.D., LL.M., M.S.L., J.S.D.. It also has a visiting scholars program and is home to a number of legal research centers.

Yale Law School's class, at about 200, is relatively small, and its student to faculty ratio, at 7.5, is the lowest of any law school in the US. More of its graduates take judicial clerkships than at any other school (38%) and more go to academia than at most schools (4%).

Its curriculum is generally less geared toward corporate/commercial law than that of other leading schools like Columbia, NYU, and Harvard. YLS is also known for requiring very strong non-numerical credentials, although a high GPA and LSAT score are necessary for admission. A quarter of the class that entered in 2003 had GPA's at or above 3.97 and a quarter had LSAT's at or above 175, out of 180 possible points.

YLS does not have traditional grades. It evaluates second-semester first year and second and third year students on an Honors/Pass/Fail system and first-semester first years on a simple Credit/No Credit system. It also does not rank its students. YLS publishes 9 law journals which, unlike those at most other schools, accept student editors without a competition. The flagship journal is The Yale Law Journal.

Its law library is Lillian Goldman Law Library, and contains around 800,000 volumes. YLS's classrooms were redesigned in 1998 as part of a larger renovation begun in 1995.

A picture of the reconstruction:

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A picture of the outside of the law building, which is in keeping with Yale's prevailing gothic style:

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