Yale University
Yale University is a private
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, Ivy League
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 university located in New Haven, Connecticut
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, United States
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. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education
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 in the United States. Yale Law School
Yale Law School
Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Established in 1824, it offers the J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. and M.S.L. degrees in law. It also hosts visiting scholars, visiting researchers and a number of legal research centers...

 is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the United States, while the university is ranked among the top universities in the world.

Incorporated as the Collegiate School, the institution traces its roots to 17th-century clergymen who sought to establish a college to train clergy and political leaders for the colony.

1701    The Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) is chartered in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

1844    North American fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon is founded at Yale University.

1852    First Boat Race between Yale and Harvard, the first American intercollegiate athletic event. Harvard won.

1873    Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.

1949    Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.

1993    Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses his sight in one eye, his hearing in one ear and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber.