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    Introduce Yourself

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What is the Junior Deferral Program?
Am I eligible to apply for the Junior Deferral Program?
Am I eligible to apply to JDP if I have taken a semester off?
Am I eligible to apply if I have advanced standing or additional course credits from high school dual enrollment, community college, etc.?
Is there any special process for international students to apply to the Junior Deferral Program?
When is the application due?
Will this be a regular rolling admission process? When is it best to apply?
How do I apply?
What are the application requirements?
Should I submit my Spring 2019 grades once they become available?
I am studying abroad in Spring 2019, and my grades will not be available until late summer. Will you still consider my JDP application?
When should I take the LSAT or GRE and how long are my scores valid?
How should I submit my LSAT and/or GRE score(s) to HLS?
Is there a fee waiver process for both the LSAT and the GRE?
Are application fee waivers available?
What is the advantage to applying now as a JDP candidate versus applying to the regular J.D. admissions program during my senior year?
Does a summer internship help with admission?
Are admissions criteria the same for JDP as for the regular application cycle?
What if I don’t apply to JDP but I decide to apply as a senior? Will it hurt my chances?
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 or any correspondence by email?
If you are not admitted, can you reapply later?
If I am accepted to the program, how much time do I have to respond?
If I accept your offer of admission, can I apply to other law schools?
What if I am admitted and the timeline of my graduation changes?
If I am admitted to JDP, can I attend the Admitted Students Weekend in the spring?
Can you explain more about the interview process?
What majors are you looking for?
Is a STEM background less advantageous than an applicant with a humanities or social sciences foundation?
Does it make a difference if I am pursuing a B.A. or a B.S.? Do you account for differences in GPAs across undergraduate majors?
Am I required to submit transcripts for any study abroad program(s)?
Are there any restrictions on what I can do during my deferral period?
What if I want to do something entrepreneurial or start my own business during my deferral period?
Will applicants be judged on what they say they intend to do during the deferral period before enrolling?
What are the implications of the Junior Deferral Program on my employment search?
Can I defer for more than two years?
What if I decide that I don’t want to defer?
How is financial aid awarded at HLS?
Will my parents’ income be included in financial aid considerations?
How will the financial aid process work for JDP students?
How many students will be admitted under this program?
Is this compatible with other graduate school programs?
What if I am also considering the 2+2 program at HBS?