Happy July! The J.D. Admissions Office is busy planning the year ahead, and we know many of you are as well. We wanted to share some useful information to help you prepare.

Here is our expected timeline for the 2024–2025 regular J.D. application cycle:

September 15, 2024

J.D. Application Opens

January 6, 2025

First Round of Acceptances

February 10, 2025

Second Round of Acceptances

February 15, 2025

J.D. Application Closes

March 17, 2025

Third Round of Acceptances

May 1, 2025

Deadline to Respond to Offer of Admission

As with past years, we won’t release any decisions until January 2025. Once we have a better sense for what this year’s applicant pool looks like (likely in early January, as we did last year), we will plan to share deny decision release dates, and dates that we will invite some candidates to join our waitlist.

For those that are hoping to get started on your application, you can find full details on our requirements on our Application Components webpage. We haven’t made any changes from last year’s required materials, and the essay prompts for our two Written Statements remain the same. If you’re still deciding on when to schedule the LSAT/GRE, note that the February 2025 administration is the latest we would suggest taking.

We hope all this information helps to give you the time and space to prepare your application. Interested in connecting with us in-person or on the road next fall? We’ve published dates for our fall travel, on-campus, and virtual outreach on our Connect with Admissions webpage, and registration links will be posted soon. We look forward to getting to know you all in the year ahead!

~ Dean Jobson

Filed in: Assistant Dean's Corner, Inside the Black Box

Contact the J.D. Admissions Office

Website: hls.harvard.edu/jdadmissions

Email: jdadmiss@law.harvard.edu