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.
For applicants who wish to enroll at HLS for the three-year Juris Doctor program.
The Junior Deferral Program (JDP) is for students currently enrolled as juniors (or their international equivalent) in undergraduate degree programs.
Admitted JDP students are required to defer their enrollment for two years after graduation before joining HLS.
For applicants who have completed the equivalent of 1L year at an ABA accredited law school in the United States.
Info for International Applicants
Information for international J.D. applicants.
What We Look For
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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.
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, entitled “Playing it Safe,” 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 “Playing it Safe” 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, “Playing it Safe,” is available at www.hupd.harvard.edu/annual-security-report.
The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at www.ehs.harvard.edu/programs/higher-education-opportunity-act-heoa.