Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School (YLS) is one of the world's premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The faculty of YLS includes prominent scholars of economics, history, and philosophy, as well as leading specialists in diverse areas of law. Dozens of guest lecturers from many fields contribute to YLS exceptionally vigorous intellectual community. YLS education is rooted in a commitment to academic excellence, egalitarianism, and intellectual intimacy. Among the School's graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Law Centre.
Yale Law School offers four degree-granting programs:
Yale Law School's three-year J.D. program provides students with a legal education of outstanding breadth and depth. In co-operation with other schools and departments of Yale University, the Law School offers programs leading to a master's degree and a J.D. (Juris Doctor) or to a doctorate and a J.D.
The Law School admits a limited number of graduate students each year to pursue studies in law beyond the first professional degree. Admission is generally open only to those committed to a career in teaching law. Graduate students are admitted for one year of study leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.).
The Law School offers a Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) degree program for a small number of non-lawyers who want to obtain a basic familiarity with legal thought and to explore the relation of law to their disciplines. To qualify for the M.S.L. degree, students must: complete the first year of the J.D. program ; complete four required first-term courses (Constitutional Law, Contracts, Procedure, and Torts).
The Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) program is a selected program open only to graduates of the LL.M. program at Yale Law School. To qualify for the J.S.D. degree students must: submit a dissertation that is a substantial contribution to legal scholarship; spend at least two terms of work in residence at the School (this requirement may be satisfied by residence as an LL.M. candidate); spend at least one additional year, not necessarily in residence, devoted to the preparation and revision of the dissertation.
The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world's finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources, as well as the strong interdisciplinary collections housed nearby at more than twenty-five other campus libraries, including the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. A major goal of the Law School's newly renovated law library is to support the needs of twenty-first century legal researchers by integrating access to print and online sources throughout the library. The vision of the library is to be the best academic law library in the world.
Journals and Publications
Yale Law Journal
The Yale Law Journal is one of the nation's leading legal periodicals. The Journal publishes articles, essays, and book reviews by legal faculty and other professionals, as well as student notes and comments.
Yale Law & Policy Review
The Yale Law & Policy Review publishes pieces on a wide range of issues at the intersection of law and policy, including affirmative action, campaign finance reform, urban policing, education policy, and the war on terrorism.
Yale Journal of Law and Feminism
The Yale Journal of Law and Feminism publishes works concerning a broad range of legal issues as they pertain to gender, sexuality, or feminist theory.
Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities
The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities explores the intersections among law, the humanities, and the humanistic social sciences.
Yale Journal of International Law
The Yale Journal of International Law contains articles and comments written by scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and students on a wide range of topics in public and private international law.
Yale Journal on Regulation
The Yale Journal on Regulation is a national forum for legal, political, and economic analysis of current issues in regulatory policy.
Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal
The Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal provides a broad range of perspectives on issues at the intersection of human rights and development.
Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics
The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics publishes pieces on many topics, ranging from civil rights enforcement in health care delivery to bioterrorism.
Yale Journal of Law and Technology
The Yale Journal of Law and Technology offers its readers a cutting-edge, dynamic environment in which to acquire and produce knowledge about the interface between law and technology.
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