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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 by 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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JDP Reflections: Gaining Professional Experience Through Hard Work

JDP Reflections: Gaining Professional Experience Through Hard Work

Truman Burrage, a 2018 JDP admit, reflects on his decision to work in management consulting after graduating from undergrad and how that prepared him for his future legal career.

JDP Reflections: Making Sure Law is Right for You

JDP Reflections: Making Sure Law is Right for You

Jeane Khang, a 2019 JDP admit, reflects on confirming her interest in attending law school and finding a deferral experience that would expose her to the legal field while allowing her to maintain a work/life balance.

JDP Reflections: Searching for a Deferral Experience and Finding Something Unexpected

JDP Reflections: Searching for a Deferral Experience and Finding Something Unexpected

Ben McAnally, a 2020 JDP admit, reflects on searching for a deferral experience, finding the courage to stray from the conventional path, and landing a job through AmeriCorps for his first year.