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What qualifications do I need to study law?

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According to Yale Law School, a person is eligible to apply for admittance to Yale's first-year Juris Doctor class if she has a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an approved college and has taken the Law School Admission Test by February of the year of application. As of 2014, the U.S. News Grad Compass ranked Yale Law School as the best in the United States, ahead of Harvard and Stanford.

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Eligibility to apply to law school does not guarantee admission. Yale Law School states that the median undergraduate grade point average of students admitted to the class of 2016 was 3.9, while the median LSAT score was 173. Yale accepted 235 students out of 2,684 applicants. The students in the class represent 72 undergraduate institutions. Many of the admitted students have significant professional or extracurricular achievements and significant knowledge of a number of languages and cultures.

According to the Pepperdine University School of Law, which the U.S. News Grad Compass ranked at 54th in the United States in 2014, the entering class of fall 2013 had a median GPA of 3.59 and a median LSAT score of 160, which is significantly lower than the Yale Law School median.

The U.S. News Grad Compass states that tuition at the Pepperdine University School of Law is $46,740 per year as of 2014, while tuition at Yale Law School is $54,650 per year.

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