Looks like the 2012 applicants are starting to get going, and I thought it would be fun to maintain the first post on this and do a Kurst-style link mania, so here it is. This first post is going to get updated variously throughout the cycle with more FAQ, links, etc.FAQQ1: What are all these acronyms?
= Harvard Law SchoolUR
= Under Review (this is an application status on the checker)KB1
= Phone interview with Karen Buttenbaum or Jessica Soban (formerly called JR1 for Josh Rubenstein or TS1 for Toby Stock)KB1
= Admit call (when HLS calls you and tells you you're admitted — formerly JR2/TS2)Note
: KB and JS have been in charge of admissions this year at different times. JR left before this year, and KB took over on an interim basis. JS was hired on permanently. Both KB and JS have gone on maternity leave
during this year's cycle at different times.ASW
= Admitted Students Weekend (an official time to visit the school; happens in March and April)Q2: If I get a phone interview, what are my chances?
A2: Good, but not 100%. Approximately 1000-1200 phone interviews go out every year, and approximately 800 admit calls go out every year.Q3: My application went complete before my phone interview. Does that mean anything? Alternatively, I went complete after my JR1. Does that mean anything?
A3: No. Apps become complete randomly before/after the interviews, for no apparent reason.Q4: When did apps become available?
, mid-September.Q5: When do the first admissions decisions come back?
A5: HLS acceptances traditionally begin on the first Monday of Thanksgiving week. This year, that's 11/21/11. (And they did begin on that day this year.)Q6: By when would I have to submit to get in with the first round of admits?
A6: The end of October, probably. Possibly November 1st or 2nd. They tend to clean out most of the likely admits who had a phone interview before Thanksgiving week in that first round of acceptance calls.Q7: What should I know about HLS?
A7: Lots of info at TLS's description
, and more at discussions topics here
and LSAC's guide
, among many other places.Q8: Am I going to get in?
A8: I don't know, but you can probably get a pretty good idea from LSAC's guide
or elsewhere on TLS
. According to LSAC's guide for the most recent year, the 25th-median-75th percentile LSAT scores were 171-173-176 and GPAs were 3.78-3.89-3.96.Q9: Who are you, "tomwatts"?
A9: I'm a 1L at HLS. I was an LSAT teacher for five years before entering law school. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about HLS or anything by PM. I'm doing the JD/MPP program with HKS, and my HKS year is next year, so I'll be doing my 2L and 3L years with the JD class that's incoming this year.LinksHLS Admission Blog
: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/admissions/Other Current HLS TopicsIn
, KB1, no KB2
, ForgottenOld TLS Topics
For admission in Fall 2011
, and Waitlist
For admission in Fall 2010
, Phone Interview Stats
, JR1, No JR2
, Misc Waitlist 1
, Misc Waitlist 2
, Misc Waitlist 3
, Misc 1
, Misc 2
, and Misc 3
For admission in Fall 2009
, Forgotten 1
, Forgotten 2
, Forgotten 3
, Forgotten 4
, Forgotten 5
, Forgotten 6
, and Rejection
For admission in Fall 2008
, Held 1
, Held 2
, Waitlist Statistics
, Misc 1
, Misc 2
, Misc 3
, Rejection 1
, and Rejection 2