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Key Deadlines

Check your HLS email account regularly for important information from HLS departments and community members.

  • August 12: Deadline to Purchase an MBTA pass through the Dean of Students Office (if needed).
  • August 15: Deadline to review and complete “Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct.” Details will be sent to your HLS email account in July.
  • August 15: Last day to pay your Student Account either via payment or financial aid.
  • August 16: The books and supplies allowance  cash advance will be released to you (if you are eligible and have setup direct deposit).
  • August 22-24: University ID card Pick-up – This is a mandatory event.  This will be a rolling process occurring Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.  More details will be available later this summer.
  • August 23: Deadline to have any student loan for which you have applied included in the calculation of your fall semester cash advance.
  • August 23: Deadline to set up direct deposit within your student account in order to receive a fall semester cash advance directly to your bank account. If you do not set up direct deposit your advance will be mailed to the local address you have on file with the HLS Registrar. International students who do not yet have a US bank should contact SFS for guidance.
  • August 24: Deadline to update your contact and emergency information in HELIOS.
  • August 25-30: Mandatory 1L Orientation. Programming begins on Thursday, August 25 and continues through Tuesday, August 30. Attendance for the entirety of Orientation is mandatory for all incoming 1Ls and will occur on campus in Cambridge. The student services teams will provide further information, including your section’s Orientation schedule, in early August. Planning is also underway for social programming over that weekend.
  • August 26: Date you will receive your fall semester cash advance (if eligible).
  • August 31: First day of 1L classes.
  • Getting Settled at Harvard
    • Sign up for a Harvard Coop membership to receive discounts on purchases, including books.
    • If you are living in HLS Housing, read the HLS Housing Move In instructions email and familiarize yourself with the move in procedures.
    • Register for MAX by AccessLex .. Max by AccessLex is an innovative personal finance program created exclusively for law students with the goal of guiding you through HLS and into your legal careers.
    • Be sure to check the ITS webpages for information regarding the Wireless Network and Printing.
    • Living off-campus?  You can start reserving an on-campus locker in mid-September.
  • Requesting Accessibility Accomodations

    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 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), HLS provides accommodations and supports to students with documented disabilities on an individual, case-by-case basis.

    If you have a disability or medical condition for which you would like to request accommodations, please visit Accessibility Services for information about how to request accommodations. You may also contact Accessibility Services at Please note that it is important to begin the accommodation process as early as possible to ensure timely exploration of possible reasonable accommodations.

  • Changing Health Insurance

    You will be automatically enrolled in Harvard’s Student Health Insurance Plan. To change your insurance:

  • Check 1L Research Assistant Opportunities

    Professors are looking for you! Visit Administrative Updates to see 1L job opportunities.