Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

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Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Lavitz » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:12 pm

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Applicant Checklist

Applications will become available on LSAC starting September 10.
Application Deadline: February 1
Application fee: $85

Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Register for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and pay all appropriate fees
Submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to LSAC
Submit two letters of recommendation to LSAC
Submit your HLS application, personal statement and resume electronically

Acronyms

JS1= Skype Interview with either Admissions Dean Jessica Soban or Admissions Director Karen Buttenbaum. It is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for being admitted.
JS2= Phone call or e-mail from Jessica, notifying you of admission to Harvard Law.

Skype Interview
From the Admissions Blog :
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 conducted hundreds of phone interviews with applicants and at the end of each interview, I always wished I had had more time to continue the conversation. Today, I am happy to announce that Harvard Law School is enhancing our interview process for students in this admissions cycle.

What’s changing:

1) Interviews will now be conducted using Skype. This face-to-face interaction will be more personal than what we could accomplish over the phone.

2) They will be longer. Traditionally our phone interviews have lasted somewhere between five and ten minutes. We are anticipating that these new interviews will be closer to 15 minutes.

3) More students will be interviewed. In the interview, students are given the opportunity to articulate their life stories in a different way than they could on paper. I want more students to have that opportunity.

4) I’ll have help! To accommodate more interview spots and longer conversations, Karen Buttenbaum, the Director of Admissions, will also be conducting interviews. Which one of us you talk with is no reflection on your application. We have a similar set of questions and will be compiling our notes for consideration along with the rest of your application.

5) What you wear… Ok – let’s be realistic. In the past you could have rolled out of bed five minutes before our interview and I would have been none the wiser. This year, you (and I) should both make sure that what the camera captures is appropriate.

What’s not changing:

1) This is NOT a new hurdle! We’ve been doing interviews for several years, this is just an improvement in our process.

2) Interviews are still by invitation only. Applicants will receive an email inviting them to interview with us.

3) As always, we will accommodate individuals who may be unable to conduct their interview in this manner. If there is a reason that Skype would not work for you, we will work with you to find an alternative. However, our expectation is that Skype likely will be used for the majority of the interviews we conduct.

4) Interviews will occur on a rolling basis from November through the end of our process.


AdmissionsDean interview with Jessica Soban
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Decision Date Graph 2011-2012 Cycle

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Submission Date vs. JS1 Date 2011-2012 Cycle

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JS1 Date vs. JS2 Date 2011-2012 Cycle

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Law School Numbers Admissions Data 2011-2012 Cycle

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Lavitz » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:37 pm

Good luck, everyone!
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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby tyler.durden » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:42 pm

Checking in! Out of my reach but hoping softs tip the scale...

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Eichörnchen » Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:56 pm

I feel like I don't have a snowflake's chance in hell, but here I am nonetheless. :mrgreen:

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby 312ldn » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:07 pm

HLS is my dream school. I can't wait :D

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby zdamico » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:24 pm

Checking in!

Just want to get my application in ASAP so I can be done with it and wait. Just putting the final edits on my personal statement, waiting for one more LoR (which is currently being written), and waiting for the apps to open!

Good luck to everyone!

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby trojandave » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:42 pm

checking in - good luck all!

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Kionaltski » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:03 am

Checking in. Good luck all! my top choice

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby outlookingin » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:32 am

Checking in, but yeah I think this is out of my reach... my 3.75/175 is good, but perhaps not Harvard good!! If I get in, I bet it will reeeeeaaaaaal late in the game.

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby spicyyoda17 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:14 am

It'll be interesting to see if they have as big a WL wave this year as they did last cycle. Best of luck to everyone!

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Jaqen » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:34 am

Tentatively checking in.

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Lavitz » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:54 am

outlookingin wrote:Checking in, but yeah I think this is out of my reach... my 3.75/175 is good, but perhaps not Harvard good!! If I get in, I bet it will reeeeeaaaaaal late in the game.


Anything is possible this cycle. But yeah, I predict many of us with above-median LSAT and below-median GPA will get held until after the February deadline when they can evaluate the entire applicant pool. They probably wouldn't want to dip below their traditional 3.8 GPA floor unless they have to in order to maintain their LSAT median. But since it appears they did it last cycle, I'm pretty sure they'll do it again. So there's definitely hope.

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby leebs2 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:18 am

Checking in. Thank you.

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Postby voytek » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:34 pm

Checking in! good luck all

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Eichörnchen » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:05 pm

Lavitz wrote:
outlookingin wrote:Checking in, but yeah I think this is out of my reach... my 3.75/175 is good, but perhaps not Harvard good!! If I get in, I bet it will reeeeeaaaaaal late in the game.


Anything is possible this cycle. But yeah, I predict many of us with above-median LSAT and below-median GPA will get held until after the February deadline when they can evaluate the entire applicant pool. They probably wouldn't want to dip below their traditional 3.8 GPA floor unless they have to in order to maintain their LSAT median. But since it appears they did it last cycle, I'm pretty sure they'll do it again. So there's definitely hope.

I think you guys have a good shot! I'm at 25th percentile LSAT and a bit above 50th for GPA...not so good. :|

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Triveal » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:34 pm

I think I'm under the GPA floor, with a 3.45 :( but I'm going to apply anyway in hopes that this cycle is miraculous due to declining applicants

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby tyler.durden » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:44 pm

Triveal wrote:I think I'm under the GPA floor, with a 3.45 :( but I'm going to apply anyway in hopes that this cycle is miraculous due to declining applicants


Me too buddy, but I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least give it a shot!
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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby lc. » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:43 pm

Checking in as well. Good luck all!

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby outlookingin » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:50 pm

Eichörnchen wrote:
Lavitz wrote:
outlookingin wrote:Checking in, but yeah I think this is out of my reach... my 3.75/175 is good, but perhaps not Harvard good!! If I get in, I bet it will reeeeeaaaaaal late in the game.


Anything is possible this cycle. But yeah, I predict many of us with above-median LSAT and below-median GPA will get held until after the February deadline when they can evaluate the entire applicant pool. They probably wouldn't want to dip below their traditional 3.8 GPA floor unless they have to in order to maintain their LSAT median. But since it appears they did it last cycle, I'm pretty sure they'll do it again. So there's definitely hope.

I think you guys have a good shot! I'm at 25th percentile LSAT and a bit above 50th for GPA...not so good. :|



Word thanks for the hope... and Eich, with your farm experience, the sky is the limit.

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby honeybadger12 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:10 pm

checking in - good luck everyone!

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby MayBJack426 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:52 pm

Checking in as well. Long shot, but why not!

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby LargeNinCharge » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:00 am

I'll post this again as this thread develops but to begin - any other retakers out there?

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby spicyyoda17 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:14 am

LargeNinCharge wrote:I'll post this again as this thread develops but to begin - any other retakers out there?


Retaker here. Two year gap. +8

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Re: Harvard c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby 312ldn » Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:39 am

I'm also retaking and I hope I can do MUCH better than last time too




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