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The following questions and answers primarily apply to regular J.D. applicants. Please see our blog for additional application advice.


Can I visit the Law School?
Are campus tours offered?
How will the Admissions Committee review coursework that has been impacted by school closures, transitions to online course formats, and optional or compelled grading changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic?
I have experienced a professional or academic disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Will this impact my chance for admission?
Will you waive the test requirement for the 2020–2021 cycle?
How do I apply to the Harvard Law School J.D. program?
What is the first-year class profile?
When is the application deadline for the J.D. program?
What if I apply after the priority deadline but before the application closes?
When can I expect a decision?
What are the eligibility requirements for applying to the Harvard Law School J.D. program?
What is tuition at Harvard Law School? Is financial aid available?
When should I apply for financial aid?
What is the best "pre-law" curriculum? How does one prepare for law school?
Is an applicant with a STEM background viewed differently than an applicant with a humanities or social sciences foundation?
Does Harvard Law School offer concurrent or joint degree programs?
Which standardized test scores can I submit along with my application?
Why are the last five years of test scores required?
How long are my test scores valid?
Will you accept the LSAT-Flex and the GRE at Home?
How should I submit my LSAT and/or GRE score(s) to HLS?
Why did you begin accepting the GRE in addition to the LSAT?
How important are test scores in the admissions process?
When should I take either the LSAT or GRE?
Should I retake the LSAT or GRE?
Is there a fee waiver process for either the LSAT or the GRE?
Will HLS report my LSAT score to the American Bar Association (ABA) if I take both the LSAT and the GRE?
When does Harvard Law School begin accepting applications? When is the deadline to apply?
Are application fee waivers available?
Must I register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service?
Are there "cut-off" GPAs or standardized test scores below which applications are not considered?
How do I find out whether a document has been received or if my application is complete?
Can I find out my status via email or over the phone?
Will Harvard review my application even if some of the supporting documents are submitted after the deadline?
Do you accept application materials by email?
How many letters of recommendation does Harvard require? Whom should I ask to write my recommendations?
How should I approach my personal statement?
What length should my personal statement be?
What is the optional statement?
What length should my optional statement be?
Are all applications read?
What if I applied to HLS in a previous year?
What if I have a disciplinary record?
Does Harvard Law School interview applicants?
What is your deferral policy?