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The Junior Deferral Program application is now open. The application deadline is April 1, 2017.

Apply to JDP

Please contact the J.D. Admissions team at or (617) 495-3179 if you have any questions.

Am I eligible for this program?
If I am abroad during junior year, does that affect my eligibility?
Am I eligible to apply if I have taken a semester off?
When is the application due?
Is there any advantage to applying now versus after graduating and having work experience?
Will this be a regular rolling admission process? When is it best to apply?
When should I take the LSAT?
If you are not admitted, can you reapply later?
If I am accepted to the program, how much time do I have to respond?
If I accept your offer of admission, can I apply to other law schools?
How do I apply?
What are the application requirements?
Are admissions criteria the same for the JDP as for the regular application cycle?
Can you explain more about the interview process?
What majors are you looking for?
If I am a STEM major, why might the JDP be particularly interesting for me?
Does it make a difference if I have a BA or a BS? Do you take into account differences in GPAs across concentrations?
What if I studied abroad?
Are there any restrictions on what I can do during my deferral period?
What if I want to do something entrepreneurial or start my own business?
Will applicants be judged on what they say they intend to do with the two years before enrolling?
Is there any career advising associated with the program?
What are the implications of this program on my employment search?
Can I defer for more than two years?
What if I decide that I don’t want to defer?
What have students admitted to the program in prior years done during their deferral period?
How is financial aid awarded at HLS?
Will parents’ income be included in financial aid considerations?
How will the financial aid process work for JDP students?
What if I don’t apply for the JDP but I decide to apply as a senior? Will it hurt my chances?
Does a summer internship help with admission?
How many students will be admitted under this program?
Is this compatible with other graduate school programs?
What if I am also considering the 2+2 program at HBS?
Is there any special process for international students?