Archive for Assistant Dean’s Corner

  1. Facing Ferguson, Driving Change

    Facing Ferguson, Driving Change Thanks to the activism of our students and the response our faculty, critical discussions on race and justice are taking place all around the HLS campus. Watching these events unfold, I have been reminded that the work that takes place here has impact far beyond the walls of our lecture halls […]

    . January 20, 2015

  2. Inside the Black Box 3: From Submit to Admit

    This is the final post in a series that sheds light on the inner workings of HLS Admissions. Our previous posts focused on the admissions team and the application review process. To wrap up our series on the application process at HLS, I want you to hear straight from one of our current students. Below, Michelle shares insight on […]

    . December 3, 2014

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  3. Inside the Black Box 2: The Admissions Process

    This post is the second in a series that will help to demystify the black box of HLS Admissions. In our previous post, you met the members of our admissions team. In this post, you will learn more about the application review process. As promised, here is a deeper peek into what goes on here in […]

    . November 21, 2014

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  4. Honoring Veterans at HLS

    Check out these articles highlighting the veterans in our current class and the important work done at the Veterans Legal Clinic at HLS. Veterans of war and service: HLS legal clinic lands victories for veterans: Jessica

    . November 12, 2014

  5. Nor’easter? That calls for bacon.

    It’s raining in Cambridge.  And by raining, I mean flood-warning raining.  On mornings like this, I tend to think that bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches are in order, so I stopped by the The Hark on my way into the office.  Breakfast sandwich?  Check.  Starbucks latte? Check.  “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” on the TV […]

    . October 23, 2014

  6. Our Application is Live!

    Hello again! The admissions season has officially begun! To get you started, here are some resources to help you as you apply. Your best source of information over the coming months will be our website. It contains information on the application process, requirements, dates and deadlines, and FAQs. There’s even a convenient application checklist to help you […]

    . September 15, 2014


  7. Get to Know the Class of 2017

    Hello everyone! We recently welcomed our 1L class onto campus, and our students are already busy immersing themselves into life at HLS. For those of you preparing to apply this year, take a moment to get to know our newly-enrolled Class of 2017. If you are wondering if and how you might fit into the HLS community, you just […]

    . September 11, 2014

  8. L.A.W.S. events

    Hello, everyone! I hope this post finds you having a wonderful summer. The HLS JD Admissions Office kicked off travel season this past week with the first two sessions of the Law Admissions Workshop Series (L.A.W.S.) in DC and New York. Working with our colleagues at thirteen other law schools, these events offered prospective applicants […]

    . July 18, 2014


  9. L.A.W.S. – Law Admissions Workshop Series

    Hi everyone! This summer, representatives from HLS and our friends from thirteen other law school admissions offices will be hitting the road together to talk with prospective applicants about applying to law school. We are excited to introduce L.A.W.S. – the Law School Admissions Workshop Series. There are four events during the summer months. Washington, […]

    . June 16, 2014

  10. HLS Lambda Co-Hosts Inaugural LGBTQ Conference at Harvard

    I’m handing over my blog this week to the leadership of Lambda! ~Jessica HLS Lambda, the Law School’s LGBTQ student organization, recently had the opportunity to partner with our colleagues at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School to host the inaugural LGBTQ Conference at Harvard.  We brought together a range of speakers, including […]

    . February 18, 2014


  11. Waiting is the hardest part…

    My colleagues and I have been busy reading applications since October and we have the paper cuts and bleary eyes to prove it! Since we have a rolling admissions process at HLS, some students have already received a decision about their application, while students who completed their applications later in the cycle are still being […]

    . January 20, 2014


  12. Tweet

    Happy New Year everyone!  I’m not much for resolutions, but this year, I decided to make one on behalf of the office: we’re going to find new ways to keep in touch with you! To that end, we are inviting you to follow us on Twitter. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with reminders, tidbits and […]

    . January 2, 2014


  13. LSATs, Ice Storms and Deadlines, oh my!

    This weekend many applicants’ plans were derailed as a winter storm closed LSAT test centers in several parts of the country.  We’ve heard from students who had planned to take the LSAT this weekend but are now feeling stuck as application deadlines are approaching. I understand the frustration and concern this has caused many applicants […]

    . December 11, 2013


  14. Honoring our Veterans

    Check out this wonderful piece on some of the service members who are studying at HLS this year.   Thank you to all who serve. ~Jessica  

    . November 12, 2013

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  15. Tips for your Interview

    We learned a TON last year about our Skype interview process and we have some tips we want to share with you. •             When registering for your interview, make sure that you consider your time zone; all of our interviews are scheduled for Eastern Time. •             When you register for your interview, please use the […]

    . October 21, 2013


  16. Meet the interview team

    Hi everyone, This week we started issuing invitations to interview with a member of our office and we get to start talking with you next week!  If you are offered an interview spot, that means we know a lot about you already—we’ve read your personal statement, letters about you, your resume, etc.  But to be […]

    . October 18, 2013


  17. California dreamin’

    Cue Mamas and Papas background music.  Or Katy Perry, California Gurls, anyone?  Chili Peppers, Californication? Okay, whatever your musical preference, the point of this post is to let you know that HLS is coming to Cali.  At the end of October, Lauren Gold, Assistant Director of Admissions for HLS, will be travelling to SF and […]

    . October 11, 2013

  18. Not Your Average First Day of Law School

    It’s been busy around HLS!  In addition to welcoming a new class to campus, my colleagues and I have started travelling the country to recruit next year’s class. I love the first few days when all the new 1Ls arrive on campus.  Their arrival is the culmination of a year of hard work for my […]

    . September 16, 2013

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  19. N.Y.C. and D.C. Information Sessions

    Hi everyone! Over the next couple of weeks I will be hitting the road, travelling to Washington D.C. and New York City to talk with you and other prospective HLS applicants about what it’s like to attend Harvard Law School and how to apply.  I hope that if you are in the D.C. or New […]

    . July 25, 2013


  20. Inaugural Public Service Venture Fund Grant Recipients Announced

    This year I had the pleasure of serving as an interviewer for the Public Service Venture Fund.  The PSVF will award up to $1 million each year to HLS grads to help them obtain their ideal jobs in public service. The recipients of the fund identified unmet legal needs and are developing new initiatives to […]

    . June 17, 2013

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  21. Update on ASW

    We are relieved that the situation in the Boston area today has come to a close. The no-travel advisories that were issued by law enforcement authorities earlier today have been lifted. Accordingly, Harvard Law School will reopen on Saturday morning at 6am. If you are able to travel to Cambridge, we would like to welcome you […]

    . April 19, 2013

  22. Further Update on the ASW

    We have continued to monitor the events in the Boston and Cambridge area all morning and Harvard University remains closed at this time. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing uncertainty of the situation, we are asking that you cancel any travel plans you have today.  As events unfold, we will continue to send updates about programming […]

    . April 19, 2013

  23. Status of the ASW

    We are closely monitoring the unfolding situation in the Boston and Cambridge area.  Harvard University is currently closed.  We will send updated information about the status of the Admitted Students’ Weekend as soon as it is available, and a final decision will be made no later than noon today.  Please also watch the HLS homepage […]

    . April 19, 2013

  24. Boston Marathon

    Patriots Day in Massachusetts is traditionally one of the highlights of the year in Boston.  The events that happened yesterday at the marathon were tragic and our hearts and our prayers go out to everyone who was there or had family there.   Many questions linger this morning.  As President Obama said, “Any responsible individuals, […]

    . April 16, 2013

  25. Transfer to HLS

    Each year, HLS admits many students who have completed their 1L year at another law school. If you’re interested in applying to transfer, please complete our application ( by July 1 and feel free to call our office with any questions. Best of luck!

    . April 15, 2013


  26. Frequently Asked Question about the Wait List

    As spring has arrived, so have deposit deadlines at Law Schools.  The HLS JD Admissions Office is continuing to process applications on a rolling basis, but we have also begun the process of moving students to our wait list. I know that the offer of a spot on the wait list often generates questions and […]

    . April 4, 2013


  27. The Supreme Court at Harvard

    The doors to the east entrance of the Ames Courtroom were closed around 11 am with “NO ENTRY” signs posted outside.  Students, faculty and others entered the courtroom through the West staircase. As I was standing in the Admissions Office lobby, I realized what the fuss was about… outside my door stood Supreme Court Justice […]

    . February 14, 2013


  28. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    Finals are almost over, the holidays are almost here and the end of 2012 has brought some wonderful news to the HLS campus. This week it was announced that six of this year’s Skadden Fellows hail from Harvard Law School. This fellowship is an amazing opportunity for students who are about to begin a career […]

    . December 21, 2012


  29. Veterans Day

    Hi everyone—Just a quick post in advance of the upcoming holiday weekend.  I want to take a minute to thank all of the U.S. military veterans and active duty servicemen who have served our country with honor and distinction.  Click here to learn more about a few “Battle Tested HLS students” Jessica

    . November 9, 2012

  30. Announcing the New HLS Interviewing Process

    HLS is somewhat unique in that our admissions process for the past few years has included a short, evaluative phone interview. That interview was an incredibly valuable part of the admissions process because it offered us the opportunity to actually speak with applicants and learn more about their passions, interests, and aspirations.  Last year I […]

    . October 11, 2012


  31. Waiting

    Waiting can be stressful.  And I know that as soon as you pressed submit on the LSAC website, you began to wait. While giving every application a complete read—by at least two people and sometimes as many as five—takes time, we do everything we can to take the mystery out of your wait.  The way […]

    . October 10, 2012


  32. Our Application is Live

    Our application is live! For students applying to enter Harvard Law School as first year students in the fall of 2013, the application is ready and waiting for you. Although our deadline isn’t until February 1, I highly encourage you to apply early. You should take your time to submit the strongest application possible, but […]

    . September 21, 2012

  33. Information Sessions, Regional Travel and Opportunities to Learn More about HLS

    Do you remember  The Staples Commercial where “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”  played in the background as parents joyfully shopped the aisles? Well, that’s how September feels to us here in the HLS Admissions Office. Summer heat is giving way to crisp fall air, the leaves will begin to change soon, and the […]

    . September 5, 2012

  34. The 1Ls are here!

    Today is a great day on the HLS campus.  It is Registration Day and the beginning of Orientation for the 1L Class!  Each fall, HLS has an amazing group of students arrive to begin their legal studies, and I couldn’t be more excited about the group that starts today. The HLS Class of 2015 comes from all over […]

    . August 30, 2012

  35. And speaking of Washington…

    Everyone at HLS is very excited to welcome Cass Sunstein back to the HLS faculty!  Professor Sunstein has served in the White House for the past three years in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  In a statement this morning, Dean Martha Minow had this to say, “With Cass’s passion for figuring out what […]

    . August 3, 2012

  36. HLS Hill info session

    Hi everyone!  As part of our summer and fall travel, we will be visiting schools and offices across the country.  I’m taking my first trip to Washington, D.C. next week and wanted announce a special session on the Hill.  Are you a U.S. House or Senate college intern or recent grad who is considering law […]

    . July 12, 2012


  37. Working with Professors

    Newly admitted HLS students come armed with lots of questions.  They range from general, “What will my 1L year be like?”  to specific, “If I want to become a law school professor, what classes should I take my 2L year?” From logistical, “What is the best neighborhood to live in?” to personal, “Will my boyfriend/spouse/partner […]

    . May 9, 2012

  38. Transfering to HLS

    Each year, HLS admits many students who have completed their 1L year at another law school. If you’re interested in applying to transfer, please complete our application…) by July 1 and feel free to call our office with any questions. Best of luck!

    . May 7, 2012


  39. My first few weeks

    It’s been just a little over a month since I arrived at Austin Hall and I have been busy!  In between reading applications and interviewing students, I’ve also been getting reacquainted with HLS.  One of the things I love about Harvard is the sense of community you feel as soon as arrive on campus. Building […]

    . March 14, 2012

  40. A note from the new Assistant Dean

    Hello and Greetings from Cambridge!  I am excited to introduce myself as the new Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer for Harvard Law School.  When I wore my cap and gown back in 2007, I knew that my HLS degree would open up a world of possibilities for my career.  My friends and classmates were headed off […]

    . February 2, 2012