Standards for Admission
- Admissions decisions are based on the totality of available information about each applicant, and a careful evaluation of the candidate’s past accomplishments and future promise. We have no mechanical shortcuts or substitutes for careful consideration of each applicant.
- As a general guideline, most admitted applicants demonstrate potential for success in law school through an exceptional undergraduate academic record, LSAT scores in the top percentiles and substantial accomplishments in work or extracurricular activities; however, no one of these aspects of an applicant’s file is dispositive in the admissions decision.
- Our assessment includes many factors such as work experience and demonstrated leadership, and also intangible qualities such as energy, ambition, sound judgment, ability to overcome adversity, high ideals, and concern for the welfare of others. Our admissions committee seeks not only to identify and recognize characteristics that are important to academic success in law school, but also qualities that will contribute diversity of perspective and experience, general excellence, and vitality to the student body.
- We actively encourage applications from underrepresented minority groups, women, and others who might not seek admission for financial, geographic or other reasons.
- Although the number of well-qualified candidates is expected to greatly exceed the number of offers of admission available, the Law School invites all who would like to study law at Harvard to apply for admission.
- 1L Application: Deadline - February 1
This is the application for students who wish to enroll at HLS for the three year Juris Doctorate program. The majority of students will apply to HLS through this application.
- Transfer Application: Deadline - June 15
Students who have completed on year of full-time study in a JD program at a US ABA accredited law School, may apply for transfer admission through this application.
- Harvard College Junior Deferral Program: Deadline - February 1
This pilot program is for students currently enrolled as juniors at Harvard College. This admissions program requires students to defer their enrollment for two years after graduation.
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.