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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.

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 2022. 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

Junior Deferral Program Blog Posts View All

Student Voices: Deven Hurt

Student Voices: Deven Hurt

Deven Hurt is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School and CEO of PredictionStrike. 

JDP Reflections: Learning from Setbacks

JDP Reflections: Learning from Setbacks

Junior Deferral Program admit John Casey reflects on his time at the University of Pennsylvania, as a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and shares why embracing setbacks has been vital to developing his vision for a legal career. 

JDP Advice

Many students are actively working on their Junior Deferral Program applications, so we asked five recent admits to share their advice on the application process. We hope you find their insights helpful as you complete your application.