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Program Overview

Program Overview

As an undergraduate student thinking about what comes after graduation, you may find yourself ready to apply to law school and also excited to explore other professional, educational, or service opportunities. You may know you want to go to law school and also want to teach for a few years, garner business or legal skills in the workforce, pursue a master’s degree, or embark on a mission trip. Harvard Law School’s Junior Deferral Program offers you that flexibility and breadth of opportunity. Apply to HLS when you are a college junior (or the international equivalent) scheduled to complete coursework and graduate in spring 2021, and, if admitted, commit to defer that offer of admission for a minimum of two years after completing your undergraduate degree. You may use the deferral period to explore your broad interests before returning to the classroom.

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J.D. Admissions Blog

J.D. Admissions Blog

Getting to Know You: Sydney Hood

Getting to Know You: Sydney Hood

September 30, 2019

“Every time I speak with prospective HLS students, I offer the same piece of advice: look up every once in a while. It’s so easy to get completely caught up in reading, studying, journals, clubs, etc., but I think it’s vital to set all of that aside every once in a while and appreciate what an enormous privilege it is to be at HLS.”

Our Recommendations for Your Recommendations

September 24, 2019

Letters of recommendation are an important part of your application. We’ve compiled some tips and advice on how best to approach these letters to help you better prepare for this part of the process.

HALB’s Japan Trek: Leadership, Teamwork and “Don’t Ask, Won’t Get”

September 16, 2019
HALB’s Japan Trek: Leadership, Teamwork and “Don’t Ask, Won’t Get”

The Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) recently went to Tokyo, Japan on their third annual International Trek. We sat down with Ope Adebanjo ’20, Genevieve Antono ’21, Leo Ding ’20, Elizabeth Ferrie ’19 and Caroline Shinkle ’20 to learn more about their trip.

Announcing Fall Travel

September 9, 2019
Announcing Fall Travel

September is a busy and exciting time for the J.D. Admissions staff here at HLS. The Class of 2022 has finally begun classes, our summer projects have wound to a close, and we’re making final preparations to start accepting applications for the Class of 2023. We’re also getting ready to hit the road!

Law and Technology at HLS

September 4, 2019
Law and Technology at HLS

We spoke with 3L J.P. about his path to HLS, his passion for tech, and the law and technology resources available at Harvard Law.