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Admitted Students (Congrats!) Thread
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
JS1: Invitation to interview with either Jessica Soban (Admissions Dean) or Karen Buttenbaum (Admissions Dean). With very few exceptions, all admitted applicants have this interview before being admitted. It is conducted, again with few exceptions, over Skype. Interviews often last anywhere from 8 to 20 minutes.
More on the Skype Interview
Note: Karen Buttenbaum has joined MS9 Consulting and is no longer with HLS. Interviews this year are being conducted with either Dean Soban or others in the office.
JS1b: A phone call from Jessica Soban or Karen Buttenbaum, generally later in the process, clarifying continued interest in attending Harvard Law. Often goes to people who have been held or waitlisted.
JSW: Being placed on the Harvard waitlist. This decision is communicated via email. This acronym was decided by the vote of this thread.
JS2: A call from Jessica Soban or Karen Buttenbaum offering admittance to Harvard Law School.
LoCI: Letter of Continued Interest
Held: Either before or after a JS1, some applicants will be "held," meaning a decision is put off to an undetermined later time. This is technically not the same as a waitlist.
Waitlist: HLS has a fairly long waitlist of applicants. See below for more information.
HLS Class Profile From Website- Class of 2016
Number of Applications: 5,510
Number of Admission Offers: 858
Percentage Offered Admission: 15.6%
Newly Enrolled 1L's: 564
GPA 75th / Median / 25th percentiles: 3.95 / 3.88 / 3.77
LSAT 75th / Median / 25th percentiles: 175 / 173/ 170
40% students of color
11% hold advanced degrees
72% at least 1 year out of college
52% 2+ years out of college
42 states represented (plus DC and Puerto Rico)
12 foreign countries represented
11% Non-US Citizens
Countries Represented: (Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Germany, Jamaica, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morrocco, Nigeria, United Kingdom)
The latest HLS Brochure (PDF)
2013-2014 Standard Student Budget (9-mo. academic year)
Tuition $ 52,350
Room/Board/Personal Allowance $ 19,912
Mandatory UHS Student Health Fee $ 958
Waivable Student Health Insurance Plan Fee $ 2,190
Optional Dental Insurance Plan Allowance $ 350
Books and Supplies Allowance* $ 1,225
Travel Allowance $ 1,500
Stafford Loan Fees $ 215
TOTAL BUDGET $ 78,700
Admissions Decisions for 2012-2013 cycle, as of 7/31 on LSN:
Decision Dates in 2011-2012, thanks to Lavitz, will update 2012-2013 when cycle is totally over
Reference Threads from Last Cycle:
Held at Harvard Thread
More coming soon. Good luck everyone, including those taking October for a shot here. Going to be a fun few months ahead.
Our pre-Christmas theme poem, created by our very own chneyo:
chneyo wrote:Twas some nights before Christmas, and LS22
Was still on TLS building a spreadsheet or two.
He plugged in some numbers with the greatest of care,
In hopes of discharging the stress in the air.
With those numbers and graphs, to conclusions we’d leap,
While thoughts of denials kept us far from our sleep.
And jobs we ignored and family forsake
To spend nights on the forum, obsessive, awake.
One day in the office there arose so much chatter
That I opened Harvard’s threat to see what was the matter.
“Jingo accepted,” one poster proclaimed.
“He’s going to Harvard, they called him by name.”
Congratulations were flowing as posters did cheer,
But with Jingo’s acceptance rose my own idle fears.
I rushed to my phone. No missed calls. No JS2.
As day became night I still had no news.
In the hours to follow, as more acceptances came,
I started to wonder if my application was lame.
Was my PS worth reading? Were my letters sub-par?
With my LSAT and GPA would JS make it that far?
I soon grew exhausted by the thoughts in my head.
Weary and broken I departed for bed.
I made one final post as I turned out the lights,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”