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  • Enlisted Veterans at Harvard Law School

    March 18, 2022

    Like all of the students here at Harvard Law School, military service members come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and with many different identities and interests. In particular, the number of enlisted veterans is a growing part of the military community at HLS.

  • George Biashvili ’22

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown: Chattanooga, TN Branch/MOS: U.S. Army, 37F (Psychological Operations Specialist), 11B (Infantryman) Rank: E5/SGT What motivated you to apply to HLS?  My mother. She used…

  • Justin Bevilacqua ’22

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown: All over, USA — I grew up in a Navy family Branch/MOS: U.S. Navy, Intelligence Specialist Rank: Chief Petty Officer (E-7) What motivated you

  • Ethan Borrasso ’23

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown: Oakland, CA Branch/MOS: Army, 35P Arabic Linguist Rank: E5 What motivated you to apply to HLS? I was lucky enough to get a fee…

  • Brandon Ricaurte ’22

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Branch: Army / Special Forces Rank: Staff Sergeant What motivated you to apply to HLS? I was motivated to apply to HLS…

  • Dylan Ottney ’22

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown:  Mesa, Arizona Branch/MOS:  United States Marine Corps / 0352 Anti-Tank Guided Missileman Rank: Corporal What motivated you to apply to HLS? I wanted to…

  • Amy Frieder ’22

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD Branch/MOS: Air Force, 1N0 (Operations Intelligence) Rank: Staff Sergeant What motivated you to apply to HLS? The opportunities available at HLS are…

  • Matt Jones ’24

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA Branch/MOS: Army / 18E Rank: Staff Sergeant What motivated you to apply to HLS? Initially, I had no desire to…

  • Faith Jackson ’22

    March 14, 2022

    Hometown: Prince George’s County, MD Branch/MOS: Army National Guard / 68W Medic Rank: Specialist What motivated you to apply to HLS?  I applied and was admitted to HLS…

  • JDP Reflections: Finding a Deferral Experience to Bring a New Perspective to Law School

    March 9, 2022

    Recent Junior Deferral Program (JDP) admit Liv Panarella reflects on her time as an undergraduate student at Stanford and her passion for advocating for Native communities.

  • Announcing Dates for the 2022 Junior Deferral Program (JDP) Application Cycle

    February 7, 2022

    For the last few years, we have released the JDP cycle timeline on our blog to increase transparency and to help applicants plan ahead. Here is our expected timeline for the 2022 Junior Deferral Program cycle.

  • Office Assistant: Maya Staples

    January 4, 2022

    The newest member of the J.D. Admissions team, Maya Staples, introduces herself. 

  • Turning the Calendar to 2022

    December 17, 2021

    Like a good New England team, we closed out this week with a Yankee swap gift exchange. The most coveted prize? Definitely not the hand lotion - it was the Taylor Swift 2022 calendar.

  • Student Voices: Marianna’s Journey to HLS

    December 15, 2021

    I followed an unconventional path to Harvard Law School. I’m the first in my family to be born in the United States, I studied pre-med in undergrad, I only applied to one law school, and I never even took the LSAT.

  • Overrated/Underrated Part 4

    December 10, 2021

    This week, we close out our series and highlight some of the overrated approaches that we recommend applicants avoid as they craft their applications. 

  • Overrated/Underrated Part 3

    November 17, 2021

    Continuing our Overrated/Underrated series, this week, we shift our focus to highlight some of the overrated approaches that we recommend applicants avoid as they craft their applications. 

  • An Overview of Interviews

    November 2, 2021

    November is suddenly upon us, and that means the J.D. Admissions team is preparing to begin interviews. If you have already submitted your application, you might be wondering about this as well. Here’s some more information to help you prepare.

  • Overrated/Underrated Part 2

    October 21, 2021

    This week, we continue our Underrated Approaches to the Application series with some additional advice.

  • 2020–2021 by the Numbers

    September 28, 2021

    The J.D. Admissions team is looking forward to meeting applicants virtually this year, but before we get too far into recruitment season, we wanted to look back at 2020–2021 by the numbers.

  • Getting to Know You: Sydney Montgomery

    September 23, 2021

    Sydney Montgomery, HLS '18, is the CEO of S. Montgomery Admissions Consulting, where she specializes in working with first-generation and minority college and law school applicants. 

  • Overrated/Underrated Part 1

    September 9, 2021

    The J.D. Admissions team recently came together to offer their thoughts on some underrated and overrated approaches that applicants might take towards their HLS application. We hope you’ll find some of these nuggets useful.

  • Admissions Officer: Pamela Toscano

    July 22, 2021

    Pamela Toscano is our newest team member, and we're so glad she's here. Check out our conversation with Pamela to learn a bit more about her. 

  • JDP Reflections: Alternative Paths to HLS

    July 13, 2021

    Xiaoli Jin and Alice Chen are members of the Junior Deferral Program (JDP) Class of 2024 and co-authors of the pilot Alumni Conversations series. In this post, Xiaoli and Alice chat about their own experiences applying to JDP, navigating the deferral period, and talking with HLS alumni.

  • Announcing Dates for the 2022 Application Cycle

    July 8, 2021

    I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling ’22 – as in, Fall Term 2022. If you are also looking ahead to the upcoming admissions cycle, read on to learn more about our anticipated dates and deadlines for the year.

  • Connecting with the J.D. Admissions Office in Fall 2021

    July 6, 2021

    We thought we would take this chance to preview our upcoming recruitment activities, which will once again be entirely virtual. For those interested in having the J.D. Admissions office join your group, school, or organization for an open Q&A on the admissions process, we’d also like to share details on how to get in touch.

  • Student Voices: Deven Hurt

    June 23, 2021

    Deven Hurt is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School and CEO of PredictionStrike. 

  • Alumni Conversations: Marty Linsky ’64

    June 8, 2021

    Marty Linsky ’64 was a politician, journalist, co-founder of Cambridge Leadership Associates, and for 40 years taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, among many other roles spanning a wide range of fields. He reflected on his life stories in a Zoom chat with Xiaoli and Alice and was hopeful that the three would eventually catch up in person at the end of the pandemic.

  • Student Voices: Amanda Bello

    May 24, 2021

    Amanda Bello is a rising 3L who transferred to HLS after spending her 1L year at Cornell Law School. 

  • JDP Reflections: Learning from Setbacks

    May 18, 2021

    Junior Deferral Program admit John Casey reflects on his time at the University of Pennsylvania, as a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and shares why embracing setbacks has been vital to developing his vision for a legal career. 

  • Alumni Conversations: Keith Rabois ’94

    May 12, 2021

    As a General Partner at Founders Fund, Keith tags himself as an entrepreneur, investor, and contrarian on social media. In a Zoom call with Keith and his Chief of Staff Matt Lanter, Xiaoli and Alice sought to trace Keith’s entrepreneurial roots back to his time at HLS.

  • JDP Advice

    May 3, 2021

    Many students are actively working on their Junior Deferral Program applications, so we asked five recent admits to share their advice on the application process. We hope you find their insights helpful as you complete your application.

  • Student Voices: Maisha Kamal

    April 27, 2021

    A little over a year ago, I got a call around 11am from a number I didn’t fully recognize. The area code, however, was not unfamiliar; by now, I knew that 617 meant Massachusetts. Like many other admits might tell you, it was a moment I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

  • Alumni Conversations: Amaka Anku ’10

    April 7, 2021

    Amaka is the head of Eurasia Group’s Africa practice, where she helps clients understand the interaction of politics, policy, and markets across sub-Saharan Africa. Amaka had a joyful conversation with Xiaoli and Alice via Google Hangout on a Thursday afternoon. They talked about everything from HLS, to geopolitical consulting, to Amaka’s beloved homeland, Nigeria.

  • Pembe: Working to support law students of African descent

    March 23, 2021

    We recently sat down with current 3L Brice Ngameni to learn more about his work as president and co-founder of Pembe, a non-profit organization focused on supporting students of African descent trying to get into — and succeed at — American law schools. 

  • March 2021 Cycle Update

    March 18, 2021

    Back in September, we set out our expected timeline for the 2020–2021 application cycle on this blog. I’m writing today to share one update to the September blog post: we plan to interview and admit candidates in April this year.

  • Why JDP?

    March 3, 2021

    The  Junior Deferral Program (JDP) application is now open, so we asked five recent admits to share their thoughts and reflections on why they chose to apply to HLS through the Junior Deferral Program. We hope you will find their insights helpful as you consider this option.

  • Introducing Dear Future Colleague (DFC)

    February 22, 2021

    Dear Future Colleague (DFC)  is a national nonprofit that provides encouragement, mentorship, and guidance  to underrepresented students applying to law school. We spoke with Nancy Fairbank (2L, HLS) and Melody Zargari (1L, University of Florida Levin College of Law) about how DFC was founded, what issues it seeks to address, and what’s in store for the future.

  • 2021 Junior Deferral Program Cycle Overview

    January 13, 2021

    Over the last two years, we have attempted to demystify the application process by releasing the dates for each application cycle early. With that in mind, we wanted to share the important dates and deadlines for the upcoming Junior Deferral Program (JDP) application timeline.

  • A Message from Student Government

    January 10, 2021

    With the turn of the calendar to January, we often wish one another a happy new year. But it has been hard to do so in the past week. As we all reflect on the first days of 2021, I wanted to share a message from our student body co-presidents to the HLS community. I found Noelle and Billy’s words meaningful, and I hope you do too. - Dean Jobson

  • Real Talk: What Exactly is “Holistic” Review?

    December 15, 2020

    Our final entry in the "Real Talk" series covers the "holistic" admissions process at HLS.

  • Alumni Conversations: David Hornik ’94

    December 8, 2020

    Sitting in his home office with a couple of basses and three Joel Daniel Phillips pencil drawings in the background, David looks no different than he did in videos from other interviews. In this Zoom call with Xiaoli and Alice, David reflects on his career path, from being a Computer Music undergrad to a venture capitalist.

  • Real Talk: Contacting the J.D. Admissions Office

    December 3, 2020

    Wondering if you are eligible to apply? Have a question about our application requirements? Just want to say hello? Feel free to contact the J.D Admissions Office.

  • Alumni Conversations: Randall Clark ’10

    November 17, 2020

    As a Partner at Gunderson Dettmer, Randall Clark works closely with entrepreneurs and investors in various fields. He had a delightful conversation with Xiaoli and Alice over Zoom, chatting about how he transitioned from a film major in college to a HLS student, then to a law firm partner. It all started with a $2,000 scholarship...

  • Student Voices: From West Virginia to HLS

    November 12, 2020

    Each year, HLS students join our community from around the country, and the world. This year's 1L class includes a contingent of students from West Virginia - J.R., Patrick, Arka, and Travis. They connected on Zoom before the semester started. We thought we'd pass along their insight and reflections here on our blog. 

  • Assistant Director: Sam Parker

    November 3, 2020

    We're so pleased to welcome new team member, Assistant Director Sam Parker, who has joined the J.D. Admissions team after spending a few years with the HLS Dean of Students Office.

  • Getting to Know You: Phebe Hong

    October 27, 2020

    Phebe Hong is a 3L at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Prior to law school, she worked as a consultant advising pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She is a Research Assistant at the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL) and an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Technology. Her research interests include FDA regulation of biologics and pharmaceutical patent law.

  • Alumni Conversations: Reggie Chambers ’01

    October 20, 2020

    Reggie Chambers ’01 is a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the Consumer Bank of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Previously, he worked in Big Law, investment banking, private equity, the White House, and management consulting. Outside of work, he teaches the development of economic policies at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.