Archive for Information about Admissions

  1. Finding Your Fit: Law School Choices

    Marissa is a 2L from the San Francisco Bay Area by way of five years in Atlanta at Emory University—four for school and one working in Development and Alumni Relations. She double majored in History and French Studies, with a minor in Theatre Studies.  A Perfect Fit I knew I wanted to go to graduate […]

    . 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. Inside the Black Box 1: The Admissions Team

    This post is the first in a series that will help to demystify the black box of HLS Admissions. To begin with, we would like to reintroduce you to our admissions team. Get to know our staff members, in their own words, below. Jessica Soban is the Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer. Jessica is […]

    . October 20, 2014


  5. 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


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. 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


  11. 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


  12. 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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  13. 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


  14. 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


  15. 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


  16. 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


  17. 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


  18. 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


  19. 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


  20. HLStudents

    We’ve just launched our new student profiles website! Take a look at HLStudents to learn more about Harvard Law School from our students.

    . November 22, 2011


  21. Fall Admissions Update

    A brief look out the windows of Austin Hall today reminds me that the fall is here. There is a gigantic oak tree with yellow and orange leaves that are just starting to collect on the ground below. However, there’s really no need to look out the window to realize the fall is upon us; […]

    . November 9, 2011

  22. Welcome to HLS!

    Welcome to campus to all the new students! Orientation for 1L students started last Friday, and continued throughout the Irene-drenched weekend (besides the storm, the weather has actually been great for the Class of 2014’s orientation). Orientation included community service opportunities, a food-truck lunch and field games, as well as, most importantly, opportunities for our […]

    . September 6, 2011