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Welcome 2013 / Fall Housekeeping

Greetings from New Haven!  School has started, the new class has settled in, and we're busily booking recruiting trips, which means it's time to kick off the admissions season.

The school year started with a week-long orientation for new students.  The week was filled with lectures, picnics, a cocktail reception, and a surprise visit by the Cupcake TruckFollow this link to read Dean Post's welcome address to YLS's 199th class of students.

The 205 students of the 1L class hail from 10 countries, 31 states, and 69 undergraduate institutions.  They have lived and worked in 74 countries and read and speak 35 languages.  20% of the Class of 2013 joined us immediately after finishing their undergraduate studies, 38% have been out of college for one or two years, and the remaining 42% have three or more years of post-college experience.  They hold 42 advanced degrees in such diverse subjects as economics, philosophy, journalism, Classics, and applied physics.  Before joining us at YLS, the Class of 2013 pursued a variety of jobs, activities, and careers, including:

·    public charter school co-founder;
·    special assistant to the Philippine government;
·    Marine Corps combat correspondent;
·    speechwriter for former President George W. Bush;
·    aide for House Judiciary Committee;
·    media advisor for Sesame Street;
·    slam poet;
·    park ranger in Vermont; and
·    conducting field research in Tostan villages.

Visit the class profile page for more facts about the Class of 2013.

If you're interested in joining our 200th class, check out our recruiting schedule to see if we're going to be visiting your area or drop by the Law School for a tour (starting in October) if you're in town.

A lot of you are anxious to start working on your YLS application.  We're making some last-minute changes to our application, so it's not quite ready.  We'll tweet, blog, post, etc. when it's ready.  There won't be any major changes to the application form and we're still requiring a personal statement and 250-word essay, so feel free to work on those in the interim.

Our new Director of Recruitment, Carolina Maharbiz, will be taking over "Tracey on the Town."  Carolina will be giving you the inside scoop on the best places to go and things to do in New Haven and Connecticut, so be on the lookout for her new column debuting at the end of the week.

In addition to our Twitter account, the Admissions Office now has a Facebook page.  Be sure to follow us, "like" us, or whatever term for external validation Facebook decides to use next.  Of course, you should also check out our Student Perspectives blog which will have new posts starting in October.  If you're not a regular reader of this blog, you may have missed this summer's "Ask Asha" personal statement boot camp series.  Now that you're putting together your applications, you may want to read/reread it.

Finally, don't forget you can email 203blog@yale.edu with questions or ideas for future posts.  We're excited to begin the admissions season and we welcome you to (203)!


SJ said:

How do you do something amazing like what these individuals have done?

# October 8, 2010 2:56 PM

asha said:

@SJ:  We like to brag about the quirky and impressive things in our incoming class, but it's not a prerequisite for admission.  The most important thing is to present yourself as someone who has strong academic promise, who can write well, and who thinks critically and analytically.

If you've done something amazing or kooky, though, it can't hurt!

# October 8, 2010 3:43 PM
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