Harvard Law Makes Applications for Junior Deferral Program Free

Aim is to recruit more students.

November 18, 2019
Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School does not lack applicants.

But it has made applications to its junior deferral program free in an effort to attract more low-income applicants. The change will save each applicant $300.

In the program, students apply during the spring of their junior year and receive an offer of admission prior to the start of senior fall if they agree to defer admission for at least two years after college graduation.

The program was created to encourage students to do some work prior to law school, and to remove the admissions pressure from the senior year of college.

The law school has been pushing numerous steps to attract more applicants, such as accepting the Graduate Record Examination instead of the Law School Admission Test.

Harvard says that there is no quota for admissions through the junior deferral program and that the decisions are based on the number of applicants.

Kristi Jobson, assistant dean for admissions and chief admissions officer, said, "Right now, this is a pilot program involving a limited number of applicants."


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