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Students admitted to the Junior Deferral Program may choose to pursue a variety of opportunities during their deferral period between college graduation and matriculation at HLS. Some past experiences pursued by JDP students during their deferral periods include:

Founding ethical fashion start-up and women’s cooperative based in North Africa

Investment banking

Service in the U.S. Armed Forces

Paralegal at international law firm

Tax associate at “big four” accounting firm

Management consulting

Cybersecurity and automation engineer

Teaching in various countries

Staff assistant for U.S. Senator

Software engineer

Paralegal at the Federal Defender Service

Associate at progressive political consulting firm


Researching community-building tactics among minority populations in Europe

Funded graduate programs (e.g., Rhodes Scholar, Gates Cambridge Scholar, Schwarzman Scholar)

Working with unaccompanied minors detained at U.S. border

Program associate at think tank

Various advanced degrees (e.g., business, computer science, art & design, political thought)

Patent agent

Stunt double in Hollywood