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Harvard Law School
Harvard Program Overview
The oldest continuously operated law school in the United States and one of the most famous in the world, Harvard Law School requires little introduction. Consistently ranked in the top 3 in the country, HLS is one of the most selective institutions in the United States, typically admitting less than 15% of applicants. Despite having some of the largest classes (over 500 JD candidates annually), the race for spots is highly competitive: Candidates need to demonstrate not only a stellar academic record (median GPA of 3.86), but also stand out in their personal statements, extracurricular activities and/or work experience.
The list of notable HLS alumni is certainly too long to enumerate, and the lucky graduates will join ranks with the likes of former President Barack Obama (and former First Lady Michelle), five out of the nine sitting Supreme Court Justices (Chief Justice Roberts and justices Breyer, Kennedy, Gorsuch, and Kagan – the latter coming in after a stint as Harvard Law School’s dean), leading politicians Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz, and many more.
HLS is located in Cambridge, MA, just a short subway ride from Boston, which – when students choose to leave the comfort of Harvard Square – provides easy access to the great history, food, and sports tradition the city offers. Additionally, the school is located in close proximity to dozens of other quality universities (including MIT, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Brandeis, and many more), ensuring that there’s never a dull moment for students.
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