[Edited by ikaikahn on Dec 21, 2019]
I think you should give it a go (current JSD here). They say Yale only takes in 25 and so it is very selective in that way, but I actually got in twice (gave it up the first time to pursue graduate studies in econ). I don't think my grades are that fantastic to be honest (top 5% for law, but really quite mediocre for econ) and had 0 pubs when I first applied to Yale (thereafter, only one).
Thanks @carlogambino for this encouraging response.
I applied to the LL.M programme. I recently completed a post graduate law degree at one of the top UK universities, although I missed out on a distinction. Nevertheless, I had strong recommendations from my professors at post graduate level who were familiar with my writings and, also had strong recommendations from under graduate law professors. For my undergraduate law degree, I had an excellent academic record graduating as a top student with an average above 70%. However, I am worried about my post graduate degree's rank lack of distinction. Is strong weight attached post graduate degrees in regard to the strength of the application to Yale - considering that the minimum requirement is that one must have graduated with a degree that entitles them to practice (for which I did with a high rank), I wonder which weighs more, considering the highly selective nature of the Yale LLM?
I'm also on the you-should-give-it-a-go band wagon.
Btw, I thought Harvard rarely waived the TOEFL test? Do you have any advice?