Law School Spotlight: Harvard Law School


    The PowerScore Law School Spotlight gives you a snapshot of a different law school each week. For more information about each profiled institution, be sure to check out the school’s website.

    Harvard Law School (commonly known as Harvard Law or HLS) is today’s Law School Spotlight. From LSAC’s Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools:

    Harvard Law School combines the resources of the world’s premier center for legal education and research with educational settings designed to enrich individual and interactive learning. The result is a uniquely vibrant and collaborative environment. Harvard’s scope generates enormous vitality—an unparalleled breadth and depth of academic options, a wide array of research programs, a diverse student body drawn from across the nation and around the world, and a global network of distinguished alumni.

    Harvard Law School offers students a curriculum of unparalleled breadth: more than 350 courses, seminars, and reading groups that together reflect the remarkable range of the faculty’s expertise and interests. Within this dynamic environment, law students have broad opportunities for intellectual engagement with faculty and classmates. Over 150 of our courses have fewer than 25 students enrolled; additionally, there are 80 seminars in which small groups of students work closely with faculty. First-year sections have 80 students, and opportunities to work directly with faculty members abound. For example, all first-year students may join intimate (fewer than 15 students), faculty-led reading groups on topics ranging from cyberlaw to climate change to terrorism.

    Harvard’s extensive resources and collaborative approach create unmatched opportunities to prepare for leadership in public service, private practice, the judiciary, academia, business, or government.

    Type of school: Private

    Setting: Urban, small city

    Size: 1,733 (2011)

    Incoming class size: 561 (2011)

    Student-to-faculty ratio: 12.3 to 1

    Acceptance percentage: 10.9% (833 of 7,574 admitted)

    Tuition and fees: $46,616

    Cost of living (single student): $23,484

    Address: 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Austin Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Phone: 617.495.3109
    Email: jdadmiss@law.harvard.edu
    Website: http://www.law.harvard.edu
    Twitter accounts: @Harvard_Law
    Facebook: Harvard Law School
    Blog: Harvard Law Admissions Blog

    All information (except for social networking and blog information) was gathered from the school’s profile on the Law School Admission Council’s Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools and the school’s website. Please consult the school’s website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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