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The unique strength of our community is that it brings together, from around the world, so many exceptionally talented people of different backgrounds, lived experiences, interests, ambitions, approaches, methodologies, and perspectives. At HLS, we don’t look alike; we don’t think alike; we don’t come from the same place. Here, you don’t have to do any particular thing, in any particular way. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.

John F. Manning ’85
Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law

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Faculty

7:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Professor Dehlia Umunna smiles at a student in a classroom

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119
full-time faculty

49
visiting professors

160
lecturers on law

Harvard Law Today

Harvard Law Today

Draining the swamp

Draining the swamp

When Joe Biden began presidential duties last week, he issued an ethics pledge for his administration. And the students in the Harvard Law School course Legal Profession: Government Ethics—Scandal and Reform were paying especially close attention.

Fallon receives 2021 Daniel J. Meltzer Award from American Association of Law Schools

Fallon receives 2021 Daniel J. Meltzer Award from American Association of Law Schools

Harvard Law Professor Richard H. Fallon, an award-winning scholar and teacher, has been recognized by the Association of American Law Schools with the 2021 Daniel J. Meltzer Award.

For Prof. Ruth Okediji, ‘grievous’ Capitol insurrection holds hopeful lessons

For Prof. Ruth Okediji, ‘grievous’ Capitol insurrection holds hopeful lessons

Harvard Law Professor Ruth Okediji believes recent events can reinvigorate American democracy and serve as a lesson for the world.

Presidential picks

Presidential picks

Harvard Law Today has compiled the names of just a few of the HLS graduates who are expected to fill some of the most high-profile posts in the new Biden administration.

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Public Service

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  • The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) is dedicated to supporting and encouraging law students and lawyers to incorporate an ongoing commitment to public service work throughout their careers
  • HLS students are required to serve 50 pro bono hours before graduation. The average HLS student in the 2019–2020 academic year served 640 pro bono hours
  • Up to $1M in grant awards is available to graduating students pursuing careers in public service through the Public Service Venture Fund
  • More than 58% of 1Ls received Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) during the summer of 2019

Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (A–E)

Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (F–M)

Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (N–Z)

Clinics in Action

Clinics in Action

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4,865,202

Hours of pro bono legal services HLS students have provided since the inception of the program

30+

areas of the law in which HLS offers clinical placements

80%

approximate percentage of students who participate in clinical work

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Research Programs and Centers (A–K)

Research Programs and Centers (L–Z)

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Student Life

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Student Practice Organizations

HLS Journals

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International

Each year, hundreds of Harvard Law School students bring their talents and energy into the world

  • 9% of the JD Class of 2023 are international students
  • Over 100 courses and reading groups in international, foreign, or comparative law
  • One comparative or international law course is required
  • More than 25 clinics, student organizations, and journals have an international focus
  • 110 HLS students traveled to 45 countries in relation to courses, clinics, and research/writing projects during 2019-2020
  • HLS has study abroad agreements with 11 universities across 10 countries
  • 6,400+ alumni live and work outside of the United States

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After HLS

  • 98% of Class of 2019 graduates were employed at 10 months
  • In the past decade, 525+ students have secured public interest fellowships immediately after graduation or after a clerkship
  • More than 400 private sector employers participate in the HLS Early Interview Program
  • 260+ HLS alumni serve as law clerks on state and federal courts each year
  • One-quarter of clerks at the Supreme Court in the past five years have been HLS graduates
  • 450+ CEOs/Chief Executives are HLS graduates

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J.D. Admissions & Financial Aid

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The J.D. Application Process

Learn more about the application process and deadlines, and find helpful guidelines about applying to Harvard Law School.

Apply to HLS

Connect with Admissions

This fall, we are pleased to offer a number of virtual opportunities to engage with the J.D. Admissions Office. Join us to delve into the admission process, and the HLS experience.

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1L Class Profile

Learn more about the Class of 2023.

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Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services

  • 74% of J.D. students receive financial aid
  • 45% of students receive need-based grants
  • Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) provides guaranteed stipends for summer work
  • 17% of the class of 2019 participated in the Low Income Protection Plan (LIPP) immediately following graduation
  • Loan options are available so all students can finance their three years at HLS
Financial Aid Basics for Prospective Students