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Apply to the J.D. Program

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 anyone else’s time at Harvard. But without a doubt, it will be transformational. We believe in what you can achieve here. Join the Harvard Law community and explore the many opportunities available to you in our Juris Doctor (J.D.) program.

Application Toolkit

We compiled the application resources, information, and advice from across our website to help you put together an application that best reflects your abilities and readiness for Harvard Law School.

Application Toolkit


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  • Notice Regarding Bar Admission

    In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

  • Licensure Disclosure

    The Juris Doctor (J.D.) program is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and as such, it meets the requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

  • Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Availability

    The University is required by federal law (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), known as the “Clery Act”) to publish an Annual Security Report and an Annual Fire Safety Report.

    The Harvard University Police Department publishes the Annual Security Report which includes information about the HUPD, how to report a crime, HUPD’s crime prevention programs, substance abuse, sensitive crimes, emergency notifications, and other important information about security and HUPD services on campus. It also contains three years of statistics on reported campus or campus-related crimes. A hard copy of the Annual Security Report may be obtained by contacting the Harvard University Police Department at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th floor, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 495-9225.

    The Harvard University Environmental Health and Safety Department publishes the Annual Fire Safety Report, which includes fire safety polices, evacuation procedures, and fire statistics. A hard copy of the Annual Fire Safety Report may be obtained by contacting Environmental Health and Safety Department at 46 Blackstone Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, (617) 496-7168.

    The Annual Security Report is available at

    The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at