Harvard Law School

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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.

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Harvard Law Admissions

Harvard Law is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 18% of its applicants. Comparatively, Harvard is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 5207 931 (17.88%) 562 (10.8%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.75 3.86 3.96
LSAT 170 173 175

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $58,242 $58,242
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $26,758
  • Living off-campus: $26,758
  • Living at home: $26,758

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/01
  • 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 Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Harvard is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 142
  • Part Time: 72


  • # Female Faculty: 71
  • # Minority Faculty: 34


12.4 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 Law 1L section size is 55% larger than law schools in Massachusetts and 61% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Harvard Law: 372
Massachusetts Average: 168
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1148
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 528

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 364
  • Law Journals: 1000
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 0.0%
  • Second Year: 0.7%
  • Third Year: 0.2%
  • 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 Law class of 2023 had an employment rate of 100% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 79.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 59.0%
  • Business: 5.0%
  • Government: 4.0%
  • Public Interest: 10.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • New York: 35%
  • California: 13%
  • District of Columbia: 12%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 79.0%
  • First Time Takers: 596
  • Average School: 95.3%
  • Average State: 76.7%
  • Pass Difference: 18.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 288 of 296 (97.3%)
  • State Average: 76.7%
  • Difference: 18.7%