Happy New Year! The J.D. Admissions team is back in the office getting ready for committee meetings for our first round of acceptances.

Since 2019, we have announced our admit decision dates in the summer before we open our application for the year. Last winter, we updated our admit decision dates with our full timeline for last cycle. We hope it helped lower any stress related to the uncertainty inherent in the cycle, so we’re going to do it again this year.

As an update to our Timeline for the 2024 Application Cycle, here is what we expect for the coming months:

January 8: First Round of Acceptances

January 10: First Round of Deny Decisions

February 12: Second Round of Acceptances

February 13: Second Round of Deny Decisions, First Round of Waitlist Decisions

February 15: J.D. Application Closes at 11:59 p.m. ET

March 18: Third Round of Acceptances, Third Round of Deny Decisions, Second Round of Waitlist Decisions

Late March/Early April: Remaining Decision Release (Ongoing)

May 1: Deadline to Respond to Offer of Admission or to Waitlist Offer

Our goal is to release as many decisions as we possibly can by March. If your application materials are not received until well after our February 15 application deadline, though, we may not be able to release a decision until later in March or even April.

We hope that this information is helpful to you, and good luck to those still working on their applications!  

~ 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