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Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Karen Buttenbaum
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $85
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 13.3% - Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.89
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 173

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 13.3%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 171-176
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.78-3.97
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.89
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 173

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.P.H.
J.D./M.P.P. J.D./M.U.P.
J.D./M.A.L.D. J.D./LL.M.
J.D./Ph.D. J.D./MPA-International Development
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Harvard Law School is the world's premier center for legal education and research. At the center of the HLS experience is learning from and working with teachers who shape the landscape of the law. Each year, HLS offers nearly 200 seminars and classes with fewer than 25 students, an extensive clinical program, study abroad, joint degree programs, and is home to more than 15 research centers.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 320
Seminars 74
Positions available in seminars 1,102
Positions available in simulation courses 1,064
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 586
Student activities (as provided by the school)
HLS sustains a tremendous number and broad range of student activities. HLS has more than 100 organizations that enhance academic and social life, including many of the country's leading law journals and more than 90 student groups. Students also participate in numerous moot court competitions, and are encouraged to pursue their interests by joining existing organizations, or by forming new ones.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 80
Is there typically a full-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year "small section" N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 1,058
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 1,001
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 527
Full-time students involved in field placements 187
Full-time students involved in law journals 1,100
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 375
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 732

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 12.4:1 - Medium
Full- and part-time faculty N/A
Full-time and part-time faculty distribution N/A
Full-time faculty gender distribution N/A
Part-time faculty gender distribution N/A
Full-time minority faculty N/A
Part-time minority faculty N/A
Total faculty 249
Total faculty (men) N/A
Total faculty (women) N/A
Total faculty (minorities) N/A

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

#3 Best Law Schools

(8) Ranking by Specialties

#15 in Clinical Training
#2 in Dispute Resolution
#19 in Environmental Law
#11 in Healthcare Law
#13 in Intellectual Property Law
#4 in International Law
#1 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#5 in Tax Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 95
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.8
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.8
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.78-3.97
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.89
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 171-176
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 173
Acceptance rate 13.3% - Low
Student-faculty ratio 12.4:1 - Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 92.0% - High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.6% - High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.8% - High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%
 

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1679

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,679

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 0.4%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.2%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 0.2%
Female students discontinuing law school 0.1%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Ken Lafler - Assistant Dean
Financial aid phone (617) 495-4606
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $48,786 per year
Room and board $19,050
Books $1,175
Miscellaneous expenses $3,589
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 30.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 14.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 5.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.5%
Median grant amount $19,705
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $10,500–$28,195
Full-time students receiving grants 51.5%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $118,500
Proportion who borrowed 82.1%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes
 

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 857,269
Microform titles 48,397
Electronic titles 450
Other non-book titles 491
Total titles 906,607
Volumes (excluding microforms) 1,826,016
Volume equivalent microforms 526,554
Total volumes and volume equivalents 2,352,570
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 1,024,301
Library's online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 106
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 58
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 38
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 58
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 12
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 70
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 30
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 40

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 41
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 1,000
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 800
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 100
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 850
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 117,828
Total seats available for library users 749
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The HLS Library is the world's largest academic law library, housed in 2 buildings, Langdell Hall and the Lewis International Law Center. Its collections, numbering over 2.5 million in total holdings, support the teaching and research activities of HLS, and serve as a resource for scholars worldwide. The school is housed in 21 buildings, including a new building adding some 250,000 square feet.
 

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.8% - High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 589
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 92.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 92.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 5.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.7%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 2.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 99%
Median public service starting salary $56,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 2.9%
Percent employed in government 4.1%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 21.9%
Percent employed in law firms 62.7%
Percent employed in public interest 7.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 12%
Graduates employed out-of-state 84.7%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 3%
Number of states where graduates are employed 41
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 13.8%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 34.7%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 6.3%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 2.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 21.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.1%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 4.5%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 10.8%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.0%
Employment location unknown 0.2%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations HLS offers comprehensive career services for students and alumni seeking employment in settings from law firms to government to non-profits to law teaching. The Office of Career Services operates the nation's largest on-campus interviewing program. The Office of Public Interest Advising assists those seeking public service positions and helps students land highly sought-after public interest jobs.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 97.1%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 2.5%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 0.4%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions N/A
 


 
 

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