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Yale Law School
Yale Program Overview
As the most selective law school in the country, Yale is known for its scholarly culture and emphasis on public service. Alumni are illustrious. Power couple Bill and Hillary Clinton met in Yale’s law library. Three sitting Supreme Court Justices—Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Sonia Sotomayor—earned their J.D.s at Yale. Governors Jerry Brown (California) and Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island) are also graduates.
Yale attracts brainy applicants with notable accomplishments. It seeks that elusive “it” factor that makes an applicant particularly unique. “Quirky intellectuals” will find themselves at home. Aspiring J.D.s are well advised to think about how to leverage each component of the application to highlight what makes you a well-rounded person with solid interests, as opposed to a “One-Trick Pony.”
Located in New Haven, a big town “large enough to be interesting, yet small enough to be friendly,” students have plenty, outside of the library stacks, to keep occupied. Only 1.5 hours from New York City, Yale is within easy access to big city life.
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