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 and practice, and then gives students the opportunity to focus their studies on areas of particular interest through advanced classes, clinics, and legal writing projects.
All applicants must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree prior to August of the year for which they apply to enter (except in cases where all requirements are met prior to September and degree conferral occurs after September).
Applicants may apply for admission to Harvard Law School through the regular J.D. application no more than three times. Applications submitted via the Junior Deferral Program (JDP) and the J.D. Transfer pathways do not count towards this cap.
Ineligible candidates who submit an application will not be considered for admission and will not receive an application fee reimbursement.
Recruitment Events & Information Sessions
Learn more about the law school admissions process and HLS community through our online resources and in-person events this fall.
Apply for Admission
The application for Fall Term 2023 enrollment is now available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website.
The application for Fall Term 2023 enrollment closes on February 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The J.D. Admissions Office will begin releasing decisions for Fall Term 2023 applicants in January 2023. We aim to notify all applicants of their admission decision by early April.
Applications are reviewed approximately in the order in which they are completed. We appreciate your patience with the process of providing individual consideration to each application.
Visit our blog for more information on important dates for the 2022–2023 application cycle.
1L Class Profile
J.D. Admissions Blog
2021–2022 by the Numbers
With our 1Ls rounding out their first official month at Harvard Law School, the J.D. Admissions team is reflecting on our past admissions cycle. We are grateful to have met with various prospective students throughout our virtual Q&A sessions, forums, fairs, and conferences. Our team welcomed admitted students to the HLS campus for the first
September 21, 2022
Admissions Officer: Mark Richter
Mark Richter is our newest team member, and we’re so glad he’s here. Read our conversation with Mark to learn a bit more about him.
September 16, 2022
Student Voices: Producing the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project Podcast
Producing the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project (HLEP) Podcast is surely among my favorite experiences at Harvard Law School (HLS) so far. Yet if you told me that I would have led such a public-facing project a year ago, I would have never believed you.
July 25, 2022
Timeline for the 2023 Application Cycle
For the past four years, we have announced our timeline for decision dates in advance of the cycle. We hope it will help applicants plan for the coming year, and alleviate at least some of the stress inherent in the process.
July 8, 2022