Yale Law School was established in 1824.
The school's prestige and small size make its admissions process among the most selective of any United States law school.
Yale has been ranked number one in the country by U. S. News and World Report in every year in which the magazine has published law school rankings.
The Yale Law School traces its origins to the earliest days of the 19th century, when law was learned by clerking as an apprentice in a lawyer's office.
The first law schools, including the one that became Yale, developed out of this apprenticeship system and grew up inside law offices.
The future Yale Law School formed in the office of New Haven lawyer Seth Staples, who owned an exceptional library (an attraction for students at a time when law books were scarce) and began training apprentices in the early 1800s.
The institution is known for its scholarly orientation; a relatively large number of its graduates choose careers in academia within five years of graduation, while a relatively low number choose to work in law firms.
Another feature of Yale Law School's culture since the 1930s, among both faculty and student graduates, has been an emphasis on the importance of spending at least a few years in government service.
Its 7.5-student-to-faculty ratio is the lowest among U. S. law schools. 下载全新《每日英语听力》客户端，查看完整内容