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Junior Deferral Program (JDP) Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Join admissions team members for a general overview of the application requirements and a discussion of common concerns that candidates face during the JDP application process. The majority of each session will be an open Q&A with attendees. Please register using the links below.

Dates and times will be posted in spring 2022.

Program Overview

Program Overview

As an undergraduate student thinking about what to do after graduation, you may know you want to go to law school, however, you may want to explore other professional, educational, or service opportunities first. Harvard Law School’s Junior Deferral Program gives you that option. Through the program, you can apply to HLS as a college junior (or the international equivalent) as long as you are scheduled to complete all required coursework and graduate the following year. If admitted, you must commit to defer your offer of admission for a minimum of two years once you’ve completed your undergraduate degree. You may use this deferral period to explore your interests and gain hands on work experience before returning to the law school classroom.

Questions regarding the Junior Deferral Program should be directed to jdadmiss@law.harvard.edu.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Students interested in applying to the Junior Deferral Program during the current admissions cycle must be scheduled to complete coursework and graduate from their undergraduate program in Spring 2023. In addition, an applicant’s undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree to be eligible to apply. The duration of the undergraduate program may vary.

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Junior Deferral Program Blog Posts

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Overrated/Underrated Part 1

Overrated/Underrated Part 1

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.

JDP Reflections: Alternative Paths to HLS

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.

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

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