Application Components


The application deadline has been extended to March 1, 2014.  Please visit our blog for more information.


Application Status Check

You may check the status of your Harvard Law School application online. This feature will allow you to monitor the status of your file at your convenience. Your status will be updated as soon as changes are made to your application.

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

You must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) before the February 1 application deadline (no later than the December LSAT administration) in order for your application to be guaranteed consideration.

LSAC's Credential Assembly Service

You must also register for LSAC's Credential Assembly Service and have all undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent to LSAC. When we receive and process your application, we will request your LSAC's Credential Assembly Service report and LSAC will send it directly to us. The LSAC's Credential Assembly Service report includes your LSAT score(s), LSAT writing sample(s), copies of your academic transcripts, an undergraduate academic summary, and other information. Even if you have previously registered with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service, you must register for the current year. For information on the LSAT and registration, write to Law Services, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940, or call (215) 968-1001, or visit the website. You can also pick up the LSAT/LSAC's Credential Assembly Service Registration and Information Book by visiting a law school admissions office, including ours.

The Personal Statement

The Personal Statement provides an opportunity for you to present yourself, your background, your ideas, and your qualifications to the Admissions Committee. Please limit your statement to two pages using a minimum of 11-point font, 1-inch margins, and double spacing. Please refer to the Statement Form for more information. Attach your statement to the Statement Form when submitting on paper.

Recommendation Letters

Recommendations should come from those who have had an opportunity to evaluate you carefully and individually over a sufficient period of time. Two letters of recommendation are required, but you may submit up to three. We strongly recommend that at least one letter of recommendation come from an academic source. Our experience is that two thoughtfully selected recommenders are likely to be more effective than several chosen less carefully. Your application will be treated as complete with two letters of recommendation. 

Information for Foreign Educated Applicants

Harvard Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service (CAS). If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the LSAC's Credential Assembly Service subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSAC's Credential Assembly Service report.


The following links are to sample resumes from successful applicants in prior years.  You do not have to follow the formatting used in these resumes, but all three are examples of well-organized, easy-to-read drafts.

The Interview

During the application review process you may be invited to interview.  These interviews will happen throughout the admissions cycle. The Admissions Office will contact you directly to setup an interview. 

Interviews are conducted using Skype - a videoconferencing system. 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.

Character and Fitness Questions

Your application to Harvard Law School includes a set of Character and Fitness Questions.  Applicants and Admitted Students who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states involves, character, fitness and other qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners

Last modified: January 21, 2014

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