The J.D. Admissions Office recognizes that undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students may face unique challenges when applying to law school due to their immigration status. For this reason, we want to clarify that a student’s immigration status does not factor into admission decisions and financial aid eligibility at Harvard Law School.

While our application components and standards for admission remain the same for all applicants, we would like to provide undocumented and DACA students with tailored application advice and resources.

Application Considerations

LSAC and HLS Application Fee:

According to LSAC, students who have received temporary protected status and have been granted or applied for deferred action under DACA are eligible for the LSAC Fee-Waiver Program. Please refer to the LSAC Fee Waiver webpage for details on how to apply. While the LSAC Fee Waiver Form is separate from the HLS Fee Waiver Request Form, HLS will automatically waive the application fee for LSAC fee waiver recipients. To request a need-based fee waiver directly from HLS, please complete the Fee Waiver Request Form.

HLS Financial Aid:

HLS is committed to providing need-based financial aid, and we do not award any merit-based financial aid to admitted J.D. students. The Harvard Law School Preferred Lender List is a distinctive component of Harvard’s financial aid programming. Undocumented and DACA students can bridge any gap in the cost of attendance by taking advantage of the Preferred Lender List without obtaining a U.S. co-applicant or demonstrating proof of citizenship.

Harvard Community & Resources

Undocumented at Harvard

Undocumented at Harvard is a university-wide organization that offers resources to undocumented Harvard community members. Along with clarifying Harvard’s admissions policies, Undocumented at Harvard provides community updates and legal resources.

Undocumented at Harvard

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRCP) offers free legal services to the Harvard community and the Greater Boston area. If you are a Harvard Law School student, you can join HIRCP to gain practical experience in immigration law and engage in legal advocacy. As a member of the Harvard community, you can receive free legal consultation from HIRCP on any immigration-related issues.

Filed in: Inside the Black Box, Student Voices

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