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Course Information

Harvard Law School states that its curriculum offers ‘unparalleled breadth’ – there are more than 400 courses, seminars or reading groups available that together demonstrate the faculty’s diverse teaching interests. Many courses have less than 25 students enrolled, including more than 75 different seminar options which see small groups of students work together. The school is proud that teaching and mentoring take place alongside one another, and students work alongside faculty on projects that will change the world around them.

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Admissions Statistics & Process

All applicants to HLS must hold a bachelor’s, or expect to hold a bachelor’s prior to August of the year of their entry. The application process then continues as follows:
– You must submit a resume as part of your application. This should be limited to 1-2 pages in length
– You should use a personal statement to present yourself. This should cover your general background, your broader ideas, and crucially your qualifications. This personal statement should be limited to two pages, but ought also to use the full 2 pages.
– All applicants must take either the LSAT or GRE. You must submit all valid scores from the last five years
– You must submit two letters of recommendation, although you may submit up to three
– One of your letters of recommendation should be from an academic source

Key Dates

The most important date to be aware of for Harvard Law School applications is that you must submit by a set date in February, normally around February 20th, in order to be eligible for Fall Term enrollment.

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Harvard Law Interview Details

You may be invited to interview as part of the application process for HLS. If this is the case, you should expect the first interviews to begin in November. You will be contacted directly by the Admissions Office to arrange your interview. Your interview will be conducted using Zoom. If there is a particular reason that this is not suitable for you, then the university will work with you to make an alternative solution possible.

Previous Questions for Harvard Law Interviews

Career Goals and Interests

  • Why do you want to be a public defender?
  • What would make you a good trial advocate?
  • What area of law are you most passionate about and why?
  • How do you see your legal education at Harvard Law School helping you achieve your career aspirations?

Client Relations and Advocacy

  • How would you go about building a trusting relationship with a client?
  • How would you handle situations where a client’s interests conflict with your personal values?
  • What role does empathy play in your approach to client advocacy?
  • How would you address a situation where a client is difficult or uncooperative?

Time Management and Prioritization

  • Tell me about a time you had too many things to do and had to prioritise.
  • How do you manage your time effectively to balance academic, professional, and personal responsibilities?
  • Describe a situation where you had to adapt your strategy in response to new information or changing circumstances.
  • How do you handle stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance during demanding periods?

Persuasion and Influence

  • Tell me about a time you had to persuade a colleague to accept your point of view.
  • Can you provide an example of a time when you had to negotiate or mediate a disagreement between others?
  • How do you approach situations where you need to convince someone to change their mind or consider a different perspective?
  • Describe a time when you had to present a persuasive argument in a high-pressure situation.

Problem Solving and Impact

  • Describe a situation where your efforts had a direct impact on the outcome.
  • Can you discuss a legal issue or case that has sparked your interest or shaped your perspective on the law?
  • How do you approach making difficult choices when faced with competing interests or priorities?
  • Describe a time when you had to devise a creative solution to a challenge.

Ethics and Professionalism

  • Tell me about an ethical work situation you had to deal with. How did it turn out?
  • How do you ensure that your actions and decisions align with your ethical and professional principles?
  • How do you approach maintaining fairness and objectivity when evaluating complex legal issues?
  • What role do you believe ethical considerations should play in legal practice and decision-making?

Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • What qualities do you possess that you believe will contribute to your success in law school and as a legal professional?
  • How would you describe your work ethic and dedication to your studies?
  • What unique perspective or background will you bring to Harvard Law School’s community?
  • How do you contribute to a positive and supportive learning environment for your peers?

Harvard Law School Specific

  • Why do you want to attend Harvard Law School specifically?
  • What aspects of Harvard Law School’s programs, curriculum, or resources are most appealing to you?
  • How do you plan to engage with the opportunities available at Harvard Law School to further your career objectives?
  • Are there any student organisations, clinics, or research centres at Harvard Law School that you are particularly interested in?
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