Law School Overview
U.S. News Rankings
|Ranking score and category|
#2 in Dispute Resolution
#2 in International Law
Law School Overview
The law school at Harvard University has an application deadline of February 1. The full-time program application fee at the law school at Harvard University is $85. Its tuition is full-time: $50,880 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 11.4:1.
Opportunities to put classroom lessons to work start early at Harvard Law School. Through the school’s Student Practice Organizations, first-year students can test their legal skills by helping local musicians understand copyright laws or representing state prison inmates at disciplinary hearings, among other opportunities. Older students can partake in HLS legal clinics, the largest offering of any school in the world. All students must complete at least 40 hours of pro bono, or volunteer, work before graduating.
HLS is unique in its grading procedures; instead of traditional letter grades, students receive a distinction of Honors, Pass, Low Pass, or Fail. The HLS buildings are folded into the university campus in Harvard Square, a hub of student life with restaurants, bars, and shops in Cambridge, Mass. Students can live in on-campus dormitories, suites, and apartments, though more than 60 percent find housing off campus. To give legal education a global slant, students can check out the joint J.D./LL.M. program between HLS and the U.K.’s University of Cambridge or can study abroad for a three-week winter term or a semester.
For those prospective students worried about law school debt, HLS offers the Low Income Protection Plan to help graduates with minimal salaries manage their student loans. Among the school’s most prominent alumni are President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as more than a dozen current and former Supreme Court Justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts.
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|Law school designation||National|
|Application deadline||February 1|
|Full-time program application fee||$85|
|Part-time program application fee||N/A|
|Admissions Phone||(617) 495-3109|
|Full- and part-time faculty||N/A|
|Gender distribution (full-time)|
|J.D. candidates graduating in 2011-2012||589|
|Tuition and fees|
Full-time: $50,880 per year
|Room and board||$19,502|
|Employed at graduation 2||90.9%|
|Median private sector starting salary||$160,000|
|Median public service starting salary||$57,408|
|Total volumes and volume equivalents||2,426,056|
* Law School Overview details based on 2012 data