Fef619 wrote:my application has been under review for about 3 1/2 weeks....this normal?.....this school is a huge reach for me...but my dad went to princeton and is a harvard law alum...and a successful lawyer in his field. i did some research with him last summer...and have some pretty strong addendums. you guys think this will all help strengthen my application?...harvard law school has nothing to prove...they are used to seeing extremely high lsat scores...so perhaps they really analyze each application in order to get a good feel for who is most likely to make a good addition to their program...just a thought.
If daddy is a big donor, it might help a little bit, but Harvard cares very little about legacy (more, maybe, than other schools, but it only helps at the margins). Harvard does care about "who is a good addition to their program"--the people who worked hard in undergrad and scored strongly on the LSAT. And often have a cool life story to go with it.
UR for three and a half weeks with no JR1 email does not necessarily mean rejection, but it's coming close. What are your numbers?