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  • J.D. Transfer Application Information Session and Q&A

    February 2, 2023

    Join us for a virtual presentation on the transfer application process, followed by an open Q&A with a member of the J.D. Admissions Committee. Please…

  • Application Toolkit

    November 16, 2022

    The J.D. Admissions team knows how much work goes into preparing your law school application. We compiled the application resources, information, and advice from across…

  • Application Toolkit: Transcripts & Testing

    November 9, 2022

    On this webpage, you will find our advice and guidance on the transcript and standardized testing components of the application. Instructions Standardized Testing Harvard Law…

  • Application Toolkit: Resume

    November 9, 2022

    On this webpage, you will find our advice and guidance for approaching the resume component of the application. Instructions We require a resume as part…

  • Application Toolkit: Optional Materials

    November 9, 2022

    On this webpage, you will find our advice and guidance for approaching the optional statement and addendum components of the application. Instructions Optional Statement The…

  • Application Toolkit: Letters of Recommendation

    November 9, 2022

    On this webpage, you will find our advice and guidance on the letters of recommendation component of the application. Instructions The J.D. Admissions Office requires…

  • Application Toolkit: Personal Statement

    October 6, 2022

    On this webpage, you will find our advice and guidance for approaching the personal statement component of the application. Instructions The personal statement provides an…


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  • Virtual Programming

    August 11, 2022

    We are pleased to offer a range of virtual events to help you better understand the Harvard Law School experience. These sessions will provide the…

  • An Introduction to Harvard Law School

    August 11, 2022

    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,…

  • J.D. Application Components

    August 9, 2022

    Apply Apply via LSAC J.D. Application Components Online Application The application for Fall Term 2023 enrollment is now available through the …

  • JDP Application Components

    August 9, 2022

    JDP Application & Deferral Timeline View Important Dates and Deadlines JDP Application Components Online JDP Application The Junior Deferral Program application…

  • Standards for Admission

    August 8, 2022

    Standards for Admission Admissions decisions are based on the totality of available information about each applicant, and a careful evaluation of the candidate’s past accomplishments…

  • HLS 1L Profile and Facts

    August 8, 2022

    J.D. Class of 2025 Applications 8,225 Offers of Admission 822 Enrolled 1Ls 559 Admit Rate 10% 54% women 53% students of color 17% first generation…

  • Transfer Cohort

    August 8, 2022

    Transfer students come to Harvard Law School from a wide range of backgrounds and a variety of different undergraduate institutions and 1L law schools. Below…

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    Junior Deferral Program

    August 8, 2022

    JDP Overview As an undergraduate student thinking about what to do after graduation, you may know you want to go to law school, however, you…

  • J.D. Application Insights Video Series

    August 8, 2022

    This video series aims to help you better understand what we are looking for in the application process, and to provide insight into how the…

  • Campus Visits and Events

    August 8, 2022

    Admitted Students Days Admitted Students Day (ASD) events will take place on the Harvard Law School (HLS) campus this spring. Participants will have the chance…

  • Apply to Harvard Law School

    August 8, 2022

    Whether you are considering a broad and diverse curriculum or a specialized area of the law, your time spent at Harvard will not be like…

  • J.D. Admissions Information Session

    August 8, 2022

    Keep Exploring Academic Areas of Interest J.D. Admissions Blog 1L Profile Zero-L Financial Aid Recent Employment Data International

  • Admissions FAQs: Transfer Applicants

    August 5, 2022

    The following questions and answers apply to rising 2L transfer applicants. General Overview What is the transfer application process? Transfer admissions is an opportunity for…

  • Housing at HLS

    August 5, 2022

    Harvard Law students have a multitude of housing options available to them in close proximity to the HLS campus. There is HLS on-campus housing in…

  • Connect with a Current Student

    August 5, 2022

    The students listed below all volunteer their time and energy to connect with admitted applicants to Harvard Law School. You can read their bios and…

  • Admitted J.D. Students

    August 5, 2022

    Want to get in touch? Email: 1L2B@law.harvard.edu Phone: 617-496-2864 Popular Links Admissions Response Form Status Checker Apply for Financial Aid

  • Transfer Applicants

    August 5, 2022

    ‘We have lots of excitement about getting involved’ Harvard Law School’s transfer students bring unique perspectives — and a deep…

  • Transcripts

    August 5, 2022

    Submit all required final official transcripts by July 1, 2023 Final official transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions listed on your LSAC CAS report are…

  • 1L Orientation

    August 5, 2022

    1L Orientation is mandatory for all incoming J.D. students. More information and a detailed schedule will be sent out once you are assigned to your…

  • Next Steps

    August 5, 2022

    Respond to the Offer of Admission Due May 1, 2023 To accept your seat in the 1L class, please submit the Admissions Response Form found…

  • Admissions FAQs: Junior Deferral Program Applicants

    August 5, 2022

    The following questions and answers apply to Junior Deferral Program applicants. General Overview What is the Junior Deferral Program? College juniors who are scheduled to…

  • JDP Cohort

    August 4, 2022

    Students admitted to Harvard Law School through the Junior Deferral Program come from a wide range of backgrounds and a variety of different undergraduate institutions.

  • JDP Application & Deferral Timeline

    August 4, 2022

    Application Timeline Apply by July 1 The Junior Deferral Program (JDP) application for summer 2022 is closed. The application for summer 2023 will open in…

  • International Students

    August 2, 2022

    Below you will find information that is needed in order to process your student visa documentation. Please read the instructions carefully. Even if Harvard will…

  • Admissions FAQs: International J.D. Applicants

    August 2, 2022

    If you are an international, documented applicant looking for information related to visas, immigration etc., it is recommended that you review the information provided by Harvard’s …

  • College Certifications

    August 2, 2022

    Submit all required College Certification forms College Certification Form The College Certification form is not the same as a transcript. In addition…

  • Transfer Application Components

    August 2, 2022

    Transfer Application Timeline Application OpensSubmission DeadlineDecision ReleaseMonday, May 1 2023Friday, June 9, 2023Early July 2023 Transfer Application Components Online Transfer Application To apply for transfer…

  • Application Toolkit: The Waitlist

    August 2, 2022

    We maintain a waitlist to fill spaces for the entering J.D. class should any become available after May 1. To respond to your waitlist offer,…

  • Undergraduate Institutions

    August 2, 2022

    The following is a list of the 174 undergraduate institutions represented by the 1L class in the J.D. program at HLS for the 2022–2023 school

  • Small Group Q&A with J.D. Admissions

    August 2, 2022

    We will consider requests to connect directly with your university, club, society, or organization via a small group virtual Q&A session. Before submitting a request,…

  • Navigating Law School Admissions

    August 2, 2022

    About the Podcast Miriam Ingber (Associate Dean of Admissions and…

  • Meet the J.D. Admissions Team

    August 2, 2022

    Lucy Cui Admissions Officer Lucy Cui is an Admissions Officer at Harvard Law School. Lucy graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in biology and…

  • J.D. Applicants

    August 2, 2022

    Overview The J.D. (Juris Doctor) at Harvard Law School is a three-year program of study that first gives students the intellectual foundations for legal study…

  • Deferring Enrollment

    August 2, 2022

    Standard Deferral Policy At Harvard Law School, we expect all applicants to matriculate in the fall of the year they apply. That means we expect…

  • Contact J.D. Admissions

    August 2, 2022

    Apply to the J.D. Program Email J.D. Admissions Regular J.D. & Junior Deferral Program (JDP) Inquiries: jdadmiss@law.harvard.edu Transfer Application Inquiries:…

  • Change of Address Request

    August 2, 2022

    Before submitting a change of address please read the following information. After you matriculate in August, HLS will request your local address. Until that time,…

  • Admissions FAQs: Regular J.D. Applicants

    August 2, 2022

    The following questions and answers primarily apply to regular J.D. applicants. Please see our blog for additional application advice. Junior Deferral Program (JDP) Applicant

  • Accessibility

    August 2, 2022

    Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. In accordance with Section 504 of…

  • Connect with Admissions

    August 2, 2022

    Learn more about the law school admissions process and HLS community through our online resources and events this fall. See below to learn how you…