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My transcripts are still unticked although my LSAC report is ticked. However, that should be covered by the disclaimer on the status page- although I acknowledge its been a month already.
My transcripts are still unticked although my LSAC report is ticked. However, that should be covered by the disclaimer on the status page- although I acknowledge its been a month already.
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Flumbo
My transcript was marked as received on the 18th of December - a little over a month after the LSAC report.
I wouldn't worry about it if your transcript hasn't been processed yet, since there's almost two months of processing time left, and they'll let you know if they're missing materials.
My transcript was marked as received on the 18th of December - a little over a month after the LSAC report.
I wouldn't worry about it if your transcript hasn't been processed yet, since there's almost two months of processing time left, and they'll let you know if they're missing materials.
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Transcripts seem to have been processed. Please check your profile.
Transcripts seem to have been processed. Please check your profile.
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llmllm2020
My transcripts are still unticked although my LSAC report is ticked. However, that should be covered by the disclaimer on the status page- although I acknowledge its been a month already.


Same here. I applied on December 01, LSAC Report was marked as received long ago. Transcripts yet to be processed.
[quote]My transcripts are still unticked although my LSAC report is ticked. However, that should be covered by the disclaimer on the status page- although I acknowledge its been a month already.[/quote]

Same here. I applied on December 01, LSAC Report was marked as received long ago. Transcripts yet to be processed.
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The transcripts provided to LSAC are processed. I just checked today.
The transcripts provided to LSAC are processed. I just checked today.
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PeartreeF
Application was sent on Dec 1, transcripts confirmed as received on Dec 17.
Application was sent on Dec 1, transcripts confirmed as received on Dec 17.
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LG 007
Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?
Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?
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DSiqueira
Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?


I’ve received an email December 13 requesting an additional document.
[quote]Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?
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I’ve received an email December 13 requesting an additional document.
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JRMC
Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?


I received an email on December 30 asking to explain something about my transcripts. I guess they already started looking at our applications, but experience shows that they always release their decisions on March. Patience and optimism... :)
[quote]Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?
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I received an email on December 30 asking to explain something about my transcripts. I guess they already started looking at our applications, but experience shows that they always release their decisions on March. Patience and optimism... :)
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LG 007
Does everyone's documents on the status page still say "received", should it progress to something like "under review" or does it just stay at "received" for the duration of the admissions process?
Does everyone's documents on the status page still say "received", should it progress to something like "under review" or does it just stay at "received" for the duration of the admissions process?
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hi
I applied through Harvard LLM webpage instead of LSAC. All my documents in status page still "received". The thing is one of my recommender sent the letter only a few days ago. Does it matter?
hi
I applied through Harvard LLM webpage instead of LSAC. All my documents in status page still "received". The thing is one of my recommender sent the letter only a few days ago. Does it matter?
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corkboard
Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?


I received an email on December 9 requesting an enrollment letter from my current university (I'm doing an M.A.). My uni was able to post the letter on January 13 and today when I checked my HLS portal it shows they received the letter today, January 21.
[quote]Has anyone heard anything from HLS via email or portal since the Dec 1st deadline?
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I received an email on December 9 requesting an enrollment letter from my current university (I'm doing an M.A.). My uni was able to post the letter on January 13 and today when I checked my HLS portal it shows they received the letter today, January 21.
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Does everyone's documents on the status page still say "received", should it progress to something like "under review" or does it just stay at "received" for the duration of the admissions process?


They begin the process of review from the 1st of December. They do not update the page from "received" to "under review".

[Edited by JConstantine on Jan 22, 2020]

[quote]Does everyone's documents on the status page still say "received", should it progress to something like "under review" or does it just stay at "received" for the duration of the admissions process? [/quote]

They begin the process of review from the 1st of December. They do not update the page from "received" to "under review".
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Lawyerke
Sorry I am joining the conversation late. My documents are also marked as “received” and there has been no change since December.
Sorry I am joining the conversation late. My documents are also marked as “received” and there has been no change since December.
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BACA
Have any other Australian applicants received in the last 24 hours an email encouraging you to apply for a Menzies Scholarship. Wondering if I should read anything into this or whether it's sent across the board.
Have any other Australian applicants received in the last 24 hours an email encouraging you to apply for a Menzies Scholarship. Wondering if I should read anything into this or whether it's sent across the board.
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NepAtty
Any further updates to/by anyone?
Any further updates to/by anyone?
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Han1989
Any further updates to/by anyone?


Not yet and according to last year's thread Harvard does not provide any decisions until March /:
[quote]Any further updates to/by anyone?[/quote]

Not yet and according to last year's thread Harvard does not provide any decisions until March /:
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NepAtty
Friends

Apologies in advance for the possible botheration. Can I ask for some advice? I shall tell you my strengths and weaknesses, could you mind telling me my chances of admission at HLS' LL.M. program, based on your prudence? Thanks in advance!

I've mentioned strengths in the beginning of every points, and weakness associated with it are in CAPITALS.
1. Excellent recommendation letters, 2 academic (from Dean, and from an Harvard-educated ex-professor). Both taught me. 1 professional (from my law firm boss, Columbia-educated, who was also a professor and I was his RA at law school, too, prior to joining the firm from campus placements). NO WEAKNESSES, AS I ASSUME THEY MUST HAVE WRITTEN REALLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT ME.
2. 1+ year work experience. Decent work done. At a decent law firm in my country. BUT I DID MOST OF THE WORK BEFORE GRADUATION, (AFTER TAKING THE FINAL EXAMS, BUT BEFORE GETTING THE DEGREE CONFERRED). SO LESS THAN 2 MONTHS "POST-GRADUATION EXPERIENCE".
3. Decent internships at government orgs, all focused in international law, done nice, big things what people generally don't get to do. NO INTERNSHIPS ABROAD.
4. Some awards in international moot courts and other such competitions. BUT DIDN'T "WIN" THE ENTIRE COMPETITIONS ANYWHERE. AND THE COMPETITIONS WEREN'T BIG ONES, LIKE JESSUP OR VIS OR ICC MOOT OR STUFF, EXCEPT STETSON.
5. Fairly good personal statements. BUT NOT EXTRAORDINARY ONES. Good, but not Harvard-level-good is what people told me. AND, WITH GRAMMATICAL ERRORS! YEAH! Brought me shame.
6. Decent community work (in legal/human rights field). Awareness campaigns and all that, and more.
7. Few publications. ONLY "VERY FEW" PUBLICATIONS. AND NONE IN PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS.
7. Presenter in Conferences, Trainer in Workshops. BUT NONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL/HEARD-OF ONES.
8. Fair grades - 1st division, which is fairly good in my uni. BUT NOWHERE IN TOP 5% OR TOP 10%. But my recommendation letters must have covered for that.
9. TOEFL SCORES HAVEN'T MET THE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS' MINIMUM, ALTHOUGH I GOT A 100 EVERYTIME. Submitted three scores, with 28-30 range scores in three sections everytime, but one used to cheat me everytime. Once it was 24 in listening (other time was 28), once it was 21 in writing (other time it was 30), and once it was 20 in reading (other time it was 27). (I hated the TOEFL after that).
10. Went to the best law school in my country. BUT NOT SO PRESTIGIOUS/HEARD-OF IN A GLOBAL SCALE.
11. REITERATION: GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN ESSAYS! Result of a rushed-up application.
12. Everything in my application (CV, internships, moot courts, recommendations, courses studied in law school, essays, life goals, etc) all focused on international law. Strength I guess, as it shows focus.

I'm freaking out. Could you guys throw in your opinions? I really lack people in my country whom I can look up to or who could have guided me about all this. Sorry about the possible botheration to you folks! :)

Really looking forward to more and more comments. Thanks in advanced!

Good luck to all of us! Cheers!!

[Edited by NepAtty on Mar 05, 2020]

Friends

Apologies in advance for the possible botheration. Can I ask for some advice? I shall tell you my strengths and weaknesses, could you mind telling me my chances of admission at HLS' LL.M. program, based on your prudence? Thanks in advance!

I've mentioned strengths in the beginning of every points, and weakness associated with it are in CAPITALS.
1. Excellent recommendation letters, 2 academic (from Dean, and from an Harvard-educated ex-professor). Both taught me. 1 professional (from my law firm boss, Columbia-educated, who was also a professor and I was his RA at law school, too, prior to joining the firm from campus placements). NO WEAKNESSES, AS I ASSUME THEY MUST HAVE WRITTEN REALLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT ME.
2. 1+ year work experience. Decent work done. At a decent law firm in my country. BUT I DID MOST OF THE WORK BEFORE GRADUATION, (AFTER TAKING THE FINAL EXAMS, BUT BEFORE GETTING THE DEGREE CONFERRED). SO LESS THAN 2 MONTHS "POST-GRADUATION EXPERIENCE".
3. Decent internships at government orgs, all focused in international law, done nice, big things what people generally don't get to do. NO INTERNSHIPS ABROAD.
4. Some awards in international moot courts and other such competitions. BUT DIDN'T "WIN" THE ENTIRE COMPETITIONS ANYWHERE. AND THE COMPETITIONS WEREN'T BIG ONES, LIKE JESSUP OR VIS OR ICC MOOT OR STUFF, EXCEPT STETSON.
5. Fairly good personal statements. BUT NOT EXTRAORDINARY ONES. Good, but not Harvard-level-good is what people told me. AND, WITH GRAMMATICAL ERRORS! YEAH! Brought me shame.
6. Decent community work (in legal/human rights field). Awareness campaigns and all that, and more.
7. Few publications. ONLY "VERY FEW" PUBLICATIONS. AND NONE IN PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS.
7. Presenter in Conferences, Trainer in Workshops. BUT NONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL/HEARD-OF ONES.
8. Fair grades - 1st division, which is fairly good in my uni. BUT NOWHERE IN TOP 5% OR TOP 10%. But my recommendation letters must have covered for that.
9. TOEFL SCORES HAVEN'T MET THE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS' MINIMUM, ALTHOUGH I GOT A 100 EVERYTIME. Submitted three scores, with 28-30 range scores in three sections everytime, but one used to cheat me everytime. Once it was 24 in listening (other time was 28), once it was 21 in writing (other time it was 30), and once it was 20 in reading (other time it was 27). (I hated the TOEFL after that).
10. Went to the best law school in my country. BUT NOT SO PRESTIGIOUS/HEARD-OF IN A GLOBAL SCALE.
11. REITERATION: GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN ESSAYS! Result of a rushed-up application.
12. Everything in my application (CV, internships, moot courts, recommendations, courses studied in law school, essays, life goals, etc) all focused on international law. Strength I guess, as it shows focus.

I'm freaking out. Could you guys throw in your opinions? I really lack people in my country whom I can look up to or who could have guided me about all this. Sorry about the possible botheration to you folks! :)

Really looking forward to more and more comments. Thanks in advanced!

Good luck to all of us! Cheers!!
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Abhishek R...
Friends,

Apologies in advance for the possible botheration. Can I ask for some advice? I shall tell you my strengths and weaknesses, could you mind telling me my chances of admission at HLS' LL.M. program, based on your prudence? Thanks in advance!

I've mentioned strengths in the beginning of every points, and weakness associated with it are in CAPITALS.
1. Excellent recommendation letters, 2 academic (from Dean, and from an Harvard-educated ex-professor). Both taught me. 1 professional (from my law firm boss, Columbia-educated, who was also a professor and I was his RA at law school, too, prior to joining the firm from campus placements). NO WEAKNESSES, AS I ASSUME THEY MUST HAVE WRITTEN REALLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT ME.
2. 1+ year work experience. Decent work done. At a decent law firm in my country. BUT I DID MOST OF THE WORK BEFORE GRADUATION, (AFTER TAKING THE FINAL EXAMS, BUT BEFORE GETTING THE DEGREE CONFERRED). SO LESS THAN 2 MONTHS "POST-GRADUATION EXPERIENCE".
3. Decent internships at government orgs, all focused in international law, done nice, big things what people generally don't get to do. NO INTERNSHIPS ABROAD.
4. Some awards in international moot courts and other such competitions. BUT DIDN'T "WIN" THE ENTIRE COMPETITIONS ANYWHERE. AND THE COMPETITIONS WEREN'T BIG ONES, LIKE JESSUP OR VIS OR ICC MOOT OR STUFF, EXCEPT STETSON.
5. Fairly good personal statements. BUT NOT EXTRAORDINARY ONES. Good, but not Harvard-level-good is what people told me. AND, WITH GRAMMATICAL ERRORS! YEAH! Brought me shame.
6. Decent community work (in legal/human rights field). Awareness campaigns and all that, and more.
7. Few publications. ONLY "VERY FEW" PUBLICATIONS. AND NONE IN PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS.
7. Presenter in Conferences, Trainer in Workshops. BUT NONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL/HEARD-OF ONES.
8. Fair grades - 1st division, which is fairly good in my uni. BUT NOWHERE IN TOP 5% OR TOP 10%. But my recommendation letters must have covered for that.
9. TOEFL SCORES HAVEN'T MET THE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS' MINIMUM, ALTHOUGH I GOT A 100 EVERYTIME. Submitted three scores, with 28-30 range scores in three sections everytime, but one used to cheat me everytime. Once it was 24 in listening (other time was 28), once it was 21 in writing (other time it was 30), and once it was 20 in reading (other time it was 27). (I hated the TOEFL after that).
10. Went to the best law school in my country. BUT NOT SO PRESTIGIOUS/HEARD-OF IN A GLOBAL SCALE.
11. REITERATION: GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN ESSAYS! Result of a rushed-up application.
12. Everything in my application (CV, internships, moot courts, recommendations, courses studied in law school, essays, life goals, etc) all focused on international law. Strength I guess, as it shows focus.

I'm freaking out. Could you guys throw in your opinions? I really lack people in my country whom I can look up to or who could have guided me about all this. Sorry about the possible botheration to you folks! :)

Really looking forward to more and more comments. Thanks in advanced!

Good luck to all of us! Cheers!!


Look, you have a fairly decent profile. They ignore a little grammatical errors here and there and law school ranking doesn’t matter as such if you compensate for some good work-ex or LoR’s.

But you are forgetting one thing - The Nepal Factor. How many applicants might be applying from Nepal? I don’t think many. You are always compared with peers from your home-country. So you have very little competition. Assuming I am correct about Nepal’s volume of Harvard applicants. Take a chill pill. You’ll get through.
[quote]Friends,

Apologies in advance for the possible botheration. Can I ask for some advice? I shall tell you my strengths and weaknesses, could you mind telling me my chances of admission at HLS' LL.M. program, based on your prudence? Thanks in advance!

I've mentioned strengths in the beginning of every points, and weakness associated with it are in CAPITALS.
1. Excellent recommendation letters, 2 academic (from Dean, and from an Harvard-educated ex-professor). Both taught me. 1 professional (from my law firm boss, Columbia-educated, who was also a professor and I was his RA at law school, too, prior to joining the firm from campus placements). NO WEAKNESSES, AS I ASSUME THEY MUST HAVE WRITTEN REALLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT ME.
2. 1+ year work experience. Decent work done. At a decent law firm in my country. BUT I DID MOST OF THE WORK BEFORE GRADUATION, (AFTER TAKING THE FINAL EXAMS, BUT BEFORE GETTING THE DEGREE CONFERRED). SO LESS THAN 2 MONTHS "POST-GRADUATION EXPERIENCE".
3. Decent internships at government orgs, all focused in international law, done nice, big things what people generally don't get to do. NO INTERNSHIPS ABROAD.
4. Some awards in international moot courts and other such competitions. BUT DIDN'T "WIN" THE ENTIRE COMPETITIONS ANYWHERE. AND THE COMPETITIONS WEREN'T BIG ONES, LIKE JESSUP OR VIS OR ICC MOOT OR STUFF, EXCEPT STETSON.
5. Fairly good personal statements. BUT NOT EXTRAORDINARY ONES. Good, but not Harvard-level-good is what people told me. AND, WITH GRAMMATICAL ERRORS! YEAH! Brought me shame.
6. Decent community work (in legal/human rights field). Awareness campaigns and all that, and more.
7. Few publications. ONLY "VERY FEW" PUBLICATIONS. AND NONE IN PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS.
7. Presenter in Conferences, Trainer in Workshops. BUT NONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL/HEARD-OF ONES.
8. Fair grades - 1st division, which is fairly good in my uni. BUT NOWHERE IN TOP 5% OR TOP 10%. But my recommendation letters must have covered for that.
9. TOEFL SCORES HAVEN'T MET THE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS' MINIMUM, ALTHOUGH I GOT A 100 EVERYTIME. Submitted three scores, with 28-30 range scores in three sections everytime, but one used to cheat me everytime. Once it was 24 in listening (other time was 28), once it was 21 in writing (other time it was 30), and once it was 20 in reading (other time it was 27). (I hated the TOEFL after that).
10. Went to the best law school in my country. BUT NOT SO PRESTIGIOUS/HEARD-OF IN A GLOBAL SCALE.
11. REITERATION: GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN ESSAYS! Result of a rushed-up application.
12. Everything in my application (CV, internships, moot courts, recommendations, courses studied in law school, essays, life goals, etc) all focused on international law. Strength I guess, as it shows focus.

I'm freaking out. Could you guys throw in your opinions? I really lack people in my country whom I can look up to or who could have guided me about all this. Sorry about the possible botheration to you folks! :)

Really looking forward to more and more comments. Thanks in advanced!

Good luck to all of us! Cheers!![/quote]

Look, you have a fairly decent profile. They ignore a little grammatical errors here and there and law school ranking doesn’t matter as such if you compensate for some good work-ex or LoR’s.

But you are forgetting one thing - The Nepal Factor. How many applicants might be applying from Nepal? I don’t think many. You are always compared with peers from your home-country. So you have very little competition. Assuming I am correct about Nepal’s volume of Harvard applicants. Take a chill pill. You’ll get through.
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LG 007
Just wondering, are there many applicants applying to HLS from Ireland this year?
Just wondering, are there many applicants applying to HLS from Ireland this year?
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