Harvard University Law School

Harvard Law School (colloquially, Harvard Law or HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Law is considered one of the most prestigious law schools in the United States. It is the country's second-oldest law school, and the oldest in continuous operation. It is also home to the largest academic law library in the world. The school's frequent referencing in American culture has led the Wall Street Journal 's law blog to declare that there was "no doubt...Harvard Law School holds a special place in our nation?s collective consciousness". Harvard Law introduced what would become the standard first-year curriculum for American law schools - including classes in contracts, property, torts, criminal law, and civil procedure - in the 1870s, under Dean Christopher Columbus Langdell. At Harvard, Langdell also developed the case method of teaching law, which became the dominant model for U.S. law schools.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.harvard.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) jdadmiss@law.harvard.edu
Location (Location) Cambridge, MA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1817
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 2
Vault Top 25 : 2
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Median LSAT : 173
Median GPA : 3.88
Acceptance Rate : 17%


Harvard Law Admissions

Harvard Law is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 17% of its applicants. Comparatively, Harvard is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 5388 865 (16.05%) 555 (10.3%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.77 3.88 3.95
LSAT 170 173 175

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $50,880 $50,880
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $24,920
Living off-campus: $24,920
Living at home: $24,920

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 02/01
Application Fee : $85

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Harvard Law Community

Harvard Law is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Harvard is Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 129
  • Part Time : 69

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 31
  • # Minority Faculty : 21

RATIO

11.4 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : Yes
  • Graduate Housing : Yes
  • Law Specific Housing : Yes

Harvard Law Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Harvard University 1L section size is 9% larger than law schools in Massachusetts and 16% larger than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Harvard Law: 80
Massachusetts Average: 73
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 1096
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 584
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 192
  • Law Journals : 1100
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 375

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 0.0%
  • Second Year : 0.3%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Harvard Law Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Harvard University class of 2013 had an employment rate of 96% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 82.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 58.0%
  • Business: 5.0%
  • Government: 4.0%
  • Public Interest: 8.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • New York: 28%
  • District of Columbia: 16%
  • Massachusetts: 12%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 82.9%
  • First Time Takers: 583
  • Average School: 96.3%
  • Average State: 82.6%
  • Pass Difference: 13.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York : 85.0%
  • Passed : 277 of 284 (97.5%)
  • State Average : 82.6%
  • Difference : 12.5%
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