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Junior Deferral Program (JDP) Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Join admissions team members for a general overview of the Junior Deferral Program, the application requirements, as well as answers to your questions. 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 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 4

Overrated/Underrated Part 4

This week, we close out our series and highlight some of the overrated approaches that we recommend applicants avoid as they craft their applications. 

Overrated/Underrated Part 3

Overrated/Underrated Part 3

Continuing our Overrated/Underrated series, this week, we shift our focus to highlight some of the overrated approaches that we recommend applicants avoid as they craft their applications. 

An Overview of Interviews

An Overview of Interviews

November is suddenly upon us, and that means the J.D. Admissions team is preparing to begin interviews. If you have already submitted your application, you might be wondering about this as well. Here’s some more information to help you prepare.