Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Share Your Experiences, Read About Other Experiences. Please keep posts organized by school and expected year of graduation.

Where are you in the Harvard application process?

I'm applying next year, just reading this thread to prepare
38
12%
Applying this year, I got an extension on my application
1
0%
I applied and haven't gotten a JS1 yet
64
20%
I applied and got a JS1, but haven't had it yet.
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2%
I had my JS1 but I'm waiting for a magical phone call
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13%
Already had my JS2, just here to help
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19%
Waitlisted
61
19%
Dinged D:
49
15%
 
Total votes: 325

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby cotiger » Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:39 pm

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby NYPDLAW » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:01 pm

sorry if this has been asked but are JS2s by phone call only or do they send an email too(ie if you happen to be abroad,etc)
thanks

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lastsamurai » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:08 pm

NYPDLAW wrote:sorry if this has been asked but are JS2s by phone call only or do they send an email too(ie if you happen to be abroad,etc)
thanks


The credited response is phone call unless you're abroad, in which case, an email will be sent

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby t-14orbust » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:11 pm

lastsamurai wrote:
NYPDLAW wrote:sorry if this has been asked but are JS2s by phone call only or do they send an email too(ie if you happen to be abroad,etc)
thanks


The credited response is phone call unless you're abroad, in which case, an email will be sent


but how am I supposed to instagram a phonecall?

edit: TCR is to selfie while on the phone with JS

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby wtrc » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:20 pm

cotiger wrote:Completed today. Checking in!


When was your app received? Congrats, good luck!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby 2x2Matrix » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:38 pm

CitrusFruit wrote:
applelover wrote:Js1 I'm so nervous!


same, when are you doing yours?


Got my JS1 today as well. Was waiting for others to post :P.

I can't safely schedule my JS1 for a while due to unpredictability at work :/

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Instinctive » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:46 pm

JS1! Doing late next week because of scheduling stuff.


Super excited. Should I be adding something to the Googledoc? Will check OP.


Also: is there a written record (here on TLS) of what they discuss in the JS1 with you that we can use to prep for it effectively?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby wtrc » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:21 pm

Congrats to all copping that JS1!

Yeah, the GoogleDoc has "JS1 date" and stuff, updates would be awesome :D. I'm still waiting to go complete.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:29 pm

Has anyone had a JS1 with anyone other than JS? If so, what was it like?

Also, if people who have had their JS1 could PM me examples of specific questions you were asked, it'd go a long way to easing my anxiety. I sort of know what to expect, but... I have no idea what to expect! It would be great to have examples of what "specific Qs about your application" actually sound like.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby applelover » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:59 pm

TheMostDangerousLG wrote:Has anyone had a JS1 with anyone other than JS? If so, what was it like?

Also, if people who have had their JS1 could PM me examples of specific questions you were asked, it'd go a long way to easing my anxiety. I sort of know what to expect, but... I have no idea what to expect! It would be great to have examples of what "specific Qs about your application" actually sound like.

Could someone pm me as well? I'd be extremely grateful.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby luckystar84 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:01 pm

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby CitrusFruit » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:22 pm

Yeah, i would highly appreciate that PM too!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawbeahs » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:12 pm

I would also greatly appreciate a PM with specific questions, if anyone has some free time to send. Thank you!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lastsamurai » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:15 pm

luckystar84 wrote:also pm me, please. basically, are they asking questions different from what Lavitz/Elshal shared last cycle?


I think that as a general rule, we're hearing of very similar styles to last year
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Sourrudedude » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:47 pm

PSA: A JS1 is an informal interview with a member of the admissions staff (it will be pretty much the same no matter who your interviewer is). They ask questions almost exclusively about your resume so there is no set list of questions that everyone will get. If you won a Nobel prize, they will ask about that. If you have never done anything other than sit on your ass, they will ask why you like sitting on your ass.

This is how you prepare:

1) Have an anecdote/lesson from everything on your resume. This should be easy because nobody knows your resume better than you.

2) Do some research for the obvious "why Harvard" and "why law school" the questions. They probably won't ask this directly but you can use pieces of it throughout the interview.

3) Come up with 2-4 questions to ask. They won't necessarily be able to answer super specific questions but you also shouldn't ask basic things like class size.

4) You want to come across as comfortable and happy to be interviewing with Harvard (pro tip: you are).

5) There is no list of questions, if there were, they would have put it on the application.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby andapieceoftoast » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:51 pm

Sourrudedude wrote:PSA: A JS1 is an informal interview with a member of the admissions staff (it will be pretty much the same no matter who your interviewer is). They ask questions almost exclusively about your resume so there is no set list of questions that everyone will get. If you won a Nobel prize, they will ask about that. If you have never done anything other than sit on your ass, they will ask why you like sitting on your ass.

This is how you prepare:

1) Have an anecdote/lesson from everything on your resume. This should be easy because nobody knows your resume better than you.

2) Do some research for the obvious "why Harvard" and "why law school" the questions. They probably won't ask this directly but you can use pieces of it throughout the interview.

3) Come up with 2-4 questions to ask. They won't necessarily be able to answer super specific questions but you also shouldn't ask basic things like class size.

4) You want to come across as comfortable and happy to be interviewing with Harvard (pro tip: you are).

5) There is no list of questions, if there were, they would have put it on the application.


So. Much. +1.
This is honestly perfect. Thanks for putting it better than I could Sourrudedude.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby oxie » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:08 pm

Overall I'd say Sourrudedude's post is a really good overview. I had a non-JS JS1 a little while ago and it was a mix of questions specific to my resume and some more general questions that seem to come up naturally in the flow of the conversation. If anyone who hasn't already posted in this thread wants to know the questions I was asked, feel free to PM me!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby luckystar84 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:53 pm

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby crazyrobin » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:53 am

luckystar84 wrote:ok a serious question that I can't really research:

do you guys see a JS1 as a complement to your PS & resume (a piece to the puzzle), or a supplement (building up what's already in your PS & resume)?

Like do you avoid mentioning things you've already said in your PS?
Do you take the opportunity to share anecdotes in a job that your resume mentions but not in depth?


I would say supplement. As least this is how I feel about my interview.

And I second oxie's comment. Some general questions come up in the flow.
oxie wrote:Overall I'd say Sourrudedude's post is a really good overview. I had a non-JS JS1 a little while ago and it was a mix of questions specific to my resume and some more general questions that seem to come up naturally in the flow of the conversation. If anyone who hasn't already posted in this thread wants to know the questions I was asked, feel free to PM me!


I did share couple anecdotes in my research experiences and working experiences but without too much details, though I did mention my take aways.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Instinctive » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:00 am

This discussion is probably one of the most helpful on TLS right now. Thank you to the posters talking about their experiences!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Sourrudedude » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:54 am

I agree with crazyrobin that it's a supplement. There's no point repeating things that you've already told them, but if you have new information that ties into your PS it's probably worth sharing. That said, I've read that they don't like it if it seems like you're coming in with talking points and an agenda.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby cotiger » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:01 am

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby LawHopeful2014 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:35 am

I just submitted my application today for HLS through LSAC. Anyone know what the approximate time frame is to have the application delivered?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby wtrc » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:38 pm

So it's Hanukkah in two weeks....
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby djfududeman » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:32 pm

I'm at the point where I'm checking this thread about 5 times a day, just to see if anyone has reported a JS2 yet... yet another reason I can't wait for the Turkey break!




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