Harvard Admission Decisions


supranote1

I know this for sure. It's all I can say. Admission letters from March 22nd to March 30th. FAP Financial Aid Package from April 5th to April 15th. Some letters may take a few days more depending on where are you located. This is how it works, and this is how it has been working in the last years. Dates may change a little bit each year because of the spring break dates may also change. Of course I can miss a couple days, but there is no speculation on this.

Though if you need more specific information (dates, waiting list, etc) I suggest you to call and ask them directly. There are very nice people working there. Just be concise. They are really busy now, and it might take you hours before you can communicate with them...Good luck. Hope this might help.


I am less inclined to call, but thank you for this information. Did they indicate that decisions would, in fact, be issued over the span of several days beginning on March 22? Others have posted on here that decisions are released all on the same day. Did you request expedited consideration?

<blockquote>I know this for sure. It's all I can say. Admission letters from March 22nd to March 30th. FAP Financial Aid Package from April 5th to April 15th. Some letters may take a few days more depending on where are you located. This is how it works, and this is how it has been working in the last years. Dates may change a little bit each year because of the spring break dates may also change. Of course I can miss a couple days, but there is no speculation on this.

Though if you need more specific information (dates, waiting list, etc) I suggest you to call and ask them directly. There are very nice people working there. Just be concise. They are really busy now, and it might take you hours before you can communicate with them...Good luck. Hope this might help. </blockquote>

I am less inclined to call, but thank you for this information. Did they indicate that decisions would, in fact, be issued over the span of several days beginning on March 22? Others have posted on here that decisions are released all on the same day. Did you request expedited consideration?
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Hedgefund

I know this for sure. It's all I can say. Admission letters from March 22nd to March 30th. FAP Financial Aid Package from April 5th to April 15th. Some letters may take a few days more depending on where are you located. This is how it works, and this is how it has been working in the last years. Dates may change a little bit each year because of the spring break dates may also change. Of course I can miss a couple days, but there is no speculation on this.

Though if you need more specific information (dates, waiting list, etc) I suggest you to call and ask them directly. There are very nice people working there. Just be concise. They are really busy now, and it might take you hours before you can communicate with them...Good luck. Hope this might help.


Almost the same question here: do you think there are any chances that they will release decisions before the spring break? I've heard from guys who studied there that last years all decisions were make available before the break. Thanks!

<blockquote>I know this for sure. It's all I can say. Admission letters from March 22nd to March 30th. FAP Financial Aid Package from April 5th to April 15th. Some letters may take a few days more depending on where are you located. This is how it works, and this is how it has been working in the last years. Dates may change a little bit each year because of the spring break dates may also change. Of course I can miss a couple days, but there is no speculation on this.

Though if you need more specific information (dates, waiting list, etc) I suggest you to call and ask them directly. There are very nice people working there. Just be concise. They are really busy now, and it might take you hours before you can communicate with them...Good luck. Hope this might help. </blockquote>

Almost the same question here: do you think there are any chances that they will release decisions before the spring break? I've heard from guys who studied there that last years all decisions were make available before the break. Thanks!
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J_Law

Hi guys, do you know if HLS replies promptly when you have a deadline in another school? According to the Program Instructions online, "If you are facing a deadline for acceptance from another school, you may contact the Graduate Program office and we will do our best to give you an indication of your status where available."

I have a deadline until 9 March and they request me that, if I accept, I "must withdraw from any other applications"...

Hi guys, do you know if HLS replies promptly when you have a deadline in another school? According to the Program Instructions online, "If you are facing a deadline for acceptance from another school, you may contact the Graduate Program office and we will do our best to give you an indication of your status where available."

I have a deadline until 9 March and they request me that, if I accept, I "must withdraw from any other applications"...
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beda

I got admitted to NYU and although I haven't asked for any financial aid I was given the half-tuition Dean's Award with acceptance deadline March 9.

My only other application is HLS and I really don't know what to do. Write, call, ask HLS for an early decision, ask NYU for an extension... Any thoughts?

I got admitted to NYU and although I haven't asked for any financial aid I was given the half-tuition Dean's Award with acceptance deadline March 9.

My only other application is HLS and I really don't know what to do. Write, call, ask HLS for an early decision, ask NYU for an extension... Any thoughts?
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J_Law

We are in the exact same problem. The only difference is that I applied to Columbia too. I am pesimist about sending an email to Harvard asking for an early decision (although I did so last night).

We are in the exact same problem. The only difference is that I applied to Columbia too. I am pesimist about sending an email to Harvard asking for an early decision (although I did so last night).
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supranote1

HLS will likely not expedite your requests. Based upon other posters who have made such requests, HLS's response is generally to request an extension from the school with which you have a deadline, otherwise, make an informed decision based on the information you currently have before you.

In terms of the date of issuance of decisions, the only thing that has been directly communicated to me is "late March." I have speculated that this means March 22. Another poster stated HLS explicitly referred to that date. I don't know with whom s/he spoke, but I did not receive any date certain by any means. Considering that decisions were issued around March 15 last year, and spring break occurred the week prior, it is reasonable to believe that decisions will be issued around March 22 this year because spring break occurs the week of March 15. Again, this is pure speculation, because the official information that is being sent to candidates whose expedited requests have been denied is "late March," and telephone inquiry yields no dissimilar result.

HLS will likely not expedite your requests. Based upon other posters who have made such requests, HLS's response is generally to request an extension from the school with which you have a deadline, otherwise, make an informed decision based on the information you currently have before you.

In terms of the date of issuance of decisions, the only thing that has been directly communicated to me is "late March." I have speculated that this means March 22. Another poster stated HLS explicitly referred to that date. I don't know with whom s/he spoke, but I did not receive any date certain by any means. Considering that decisions were issued around March 15 last year, and spring break occurred the week prior, it is reasonable to believe that decisions will be issued around March 22 this year because spring break occurs the week of March 15. Again, this is pure speculation, because the official information that is being sent to candidates whose expedited requests have been denied is "late March," and telephone inquiry yields no dissimilar result.
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@supranote1: Isn't it logical to assume that HLS would be able to send acceptances by March 8? They do not lose time to the spring break this year - the application deadlines were the same for last year as this.

But leaving speculation aside, I think it would be best to write / call both HLS and NYU. Increases your probabilities!

Alas, I have yet heard from none of the schools I applied to. All the best guys. And congratulations to those who've made it already!

@supranote1: Isn't it logical to assume that HLS would be able to send acceptances by March 8? They do not lose time to the spring break this year - the application deadlines were the same for last year as this.

But leaving speculation aside, I think it would be best to write / call both HLS and NYU. Increases your probabilities!

Alas, I have yet heard from none of the schools I applied to. All the best guys. And congratulations to those who've made it already!
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MAB79

I don't think that it increases anything. Other posts clearly state: Neither is HLS willing to expedite nor is NYU willing to extend deadlines...I think it's pretty clear why...

I don't think that it increases anything. Other posts clearly state: Neither is HLS willing to expedite nor is NYU willing to extend deadlines...I think it's pretty clear why...
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Well, i would really not go by what the posts say, when Harvard says:

"17. ADMISSION DECISIONS

Most admission decisions for LL.M. applicants will be made by late March.

If you are facing a deadline for acceptance from another school, you may contact the Graduate Program office and we will do our best to give you an indication of your status where available. Once the decisions have been reached, you will be notified promptly and will be able to log in to a password-protected site to check whether you have been admitted, denied, or placed on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list may not know the final result of their applications until June or later. To protect the confidentiality of applications, we do not release any information on an application decision to anyone other than the applicant."

There's no harm in chancing your arm!

Well, i would really not go by what the posts say, when Harvard says:

"17. ADMISSION DECISIONS

Most admission decisions for LL.M. applicants will be made by late March.

If you are facing a deadline for acceptance from another school, you may contact the Graduate Program office and we will do our best to give you an indication of your status where available. Once the decisions have been reached, you will be notified promptly and will be able to log in to a password-protected site to check whether you have been admitted, denied, or placed on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list may not know the final result of their applications until June or later. To protect the confidentiality of applications, we do not release any information on an application decision to anyone other than the applicant."

There's no harm in chancing your arm!
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MAB79

Yes, but HLS obviously decided not to expedite at the moment. There are several candidates having a full tuition scholarship from NYU that already have asked HLS...same goes for CLS...they decide whether to expedite or not and obviously great candidates (scholarship candidates are deemed to be very good) did receive a clear no from both unis...

Yes, but HLS obviously decided not to expedite at the moment. There are several candidates having a full tuition scholarship from NYU that already have asked HLS...same goes for CLS...they decide whether to expedite or not and obviously great candidates (scholarship candidates are deemed to be very good) did receive a clear no from both unis...
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sorry, but that makes no logical sense. I think we're getting too speculative here. why would Harvard not expedite decisions for "scholarship candidates", risking them going to another university?

Anyway, how I wish i faced the same dillemma - haven't heard from any university yet... :-|

sorry, but that makes no logical sense. I think we're getting too speculative here. why would Harvard not expedite decisions for "scholarship candidates", risking them going to another university?

Anyway, how I wish i faced the same dillemma - haven't heard from any university yet... :-|
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MAB79

I do not think that all the other posters (and there are many in other threats) facing this problem stating that neither HLS nor CLS answered positive and NYU also was inflexible are lying. And to me it's pretty clear why at least NYU is inflexibel!

And last but not least: about 2000 applications for 150 or 250 places...I think they have to disappoint more than only one great applicant!

I do not think that all the other posters (and there are many in other threats) facing this problem stating that neither HLS nor CLS answered positive and NYU also was inflexible are lying. And to me it's pretty clear why at least NYU is inflexibel!

And last but not least: about 2000 applications for 150 or 250 places...I think they have to disappoint more than only one great applicant!
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supranote1

Ultimately, the decision by these schools not to expedite falls squarely within their broad admissions right. I'm not saying that it is fair. Although HLS clearly indicates, based on posts here ( by the way, where is this language located? I have not been able to access it online ), that it will 'try' to acccommodate an expedite request, there is no guarantee. If any of you are familiar with the legal publishing world in the United States, it works the same way: when an author receives an offer from a journal and requests expedited consideration from higher-ranked journals, the journals to which the request is made can either (1) accommodate, or (2) not accommodate. That decision is discretionary, and the author has to make an informed decision based on those offers that are currently outstanding.

For whatever reason that is not relevant, HLS has decided not to invoke the expedited process for those who have requested it (I personally have not made such a request, so I do not know directly the substance of the conversations that the applicants have made in this regard). What I do know is that everything I have heard directly from the admissions office and seen in print indicates "late March," not "early March," not "mid March," and not a date certain.

Personally, I thoroughly believe that the admissions process has been complete for some time and that these institutions intentionally refuse to expedite for any number of reasons to maintain what they perceive as a competitive edge.

Ultimately, the decision by these schools not to expedite falls squarely within their broad admissions right. I'm not saying that it is fair. Although HLS clearly indicates, based on posts here (<b> by the way, where is this language located? I have not been able to access it online </b>), that it will 'try' to acccommodate an expedite request, there is no guarantee. If any of you are familiar with the legal publishing world in the United States, it works the same way: when an author receives an offer from a journal and requests expedited consideration from higher-ranked journals, the journals to which the request is made can either (1) accommodate, or (2) not accommodate. That decision is discretionary, and the author has to make an informed decision based on those offers that are currently outstanding.

For whatever reason that is not relevant, HLS has decided not to invoke the expedited process for those who have requested it (I personally have not made such a request, so I do not know directly the substance of the conversations that the applicants have made in this regard). What I do know is that everything I have heard directly from the admissions office and seen in print indicates "late March," not "early March," not "mid March," and not a date certain.

Personally, I thoroughly believe that the admissions process has been complete for some time and that these institutions intentionally refuse to expedite for any number of reasons to maintain what they perceive as a competitive edge.
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jsd



Personally, I thoroughly believe that the admissions process has been complete for some time and that these institutions intentionally refuse to expedite for any number of reasons to maintain what they perceive as a competitive edge.


There's nothing wrong in maintaining a competitive edge. HLS is not the first and certainly won't be the last to use such a tactic. Lots of blue chip employers resort to it too. So would I if I was hiring.

Statistically there's probably a pool of some 5k applicants for about 1.5k positions in the top 10 schools. The chance of anyone having multiple offers is therefore reasonable and entertaining all such requests would be impractical for the institution and unfair to those who do have other offers yet have not asked for a hurried decision. It also encourages applicants to fib about having other offers.

If you are admitted elsewhere and are not willing to take any risk - drop out of the race. If not, reject those offers and take a gamble. But please don't whine about inflexibility and refusals.

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Personally, I thoroughly believe that the admissions process has been complete for some time and that these institutions intentionally refuse to expedite for any number of reasons to maintain what they perceive as a competitive edge.</blockquote>

There's nothing wrong in maintaining a competitive edge. HLS is not the first and certainly won't be the last to use such a tactic. Lots of blue chip employers resort to it too. So would I if I was hiring.

Statistically there's probably a pool of some 5k applicants for about 1.5k positions in the top 10 schools. The chance of anyone having multiple offers is therefore reasonable and entertaining all such requests would be impractical for the institution and unfair to those who do have other offers yet have not asked for a hurried decision. It also encourages applicants to fib about having other offers.

If you are admitted elsewhere and are not willing to take any risk - drop out of the race. If not, reject those offers and take a gamble. But please don't whine about inflexibility and refusals.
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llmmll

Would someone be so kind as to tell me if the application status page takes a few days to change (be processed)? Due to a very uncommunicative referee who had yet to submit his reference I had to change my one of referees who submitted it today. I got an email to confirm this but under the 'recommender status' it still says nothing. Thank you for you help on such a trivial matter!

Would someone be so kind as to tell me if the application status page takes a few days to change (be processed)? Due to a very uncommunicative referee who had yet to submit his reference I had to change my one of referees who submitted it today. I got an email to confirm this but under the 'recommender status' it still says nothing. Thank you for you help on such a trivial matter!
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supranote1

Would someone be so kind as to tell me if the application status page takes a few days to change (be processed)? Due to a very uncommunicative referee who had yet to submit his reference I had to change my one of referees who submitted it today. I got an email to confirm this but under the 'recommender status' it still says nothing. Thank you for you help on such a trivial matter!


Referees who submit recommendations online will not register a status on the main status page. Instead, that status will be reflected under the separate "recommendations" tab located on the left-hand side of the site. There is apparently no additional action that needs to occur if the status of the recommendation on the recommendation page indicates it was uploaded. HLS will only update a recommendation status for those it receives in paper form.

<blockquote>Would someone be so kind as to tell me if the application status page takes a few days to change (be processed)? Due to a very uncommunicative referee who had yet to submit his reference I had to change my one of referees who submitted it today. I got an email to confirm this but under the 'recommender status' it still says nothing. Thank you for you help on such a trivial matter! </blockquote>

Referees who submit recommendations online will not register a status on the main status page. Instead, that status will be reflected under the separate "recommendations" tab located on the left-hand side of the site. There is apparently no additional action that needs to occur if the status of the recommendation on the recommendation page indicates it was uploaded. HLS will only update a recommendation status for those it receives in paper form.
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L&E

hi all...

I am a prospective for this season's LLM. I have an offer from CLS and another from NYU. I am looking to expedite HLS now as the CLS deadline is near and I am worried it might be too late before HLS gets back...

gpadmit/ llmquery...

Can anyone confirm the Email to report an expedite request?

Thanks a lot...

hi all...

I am a prospective for this season's LLM. I have an offer from CLS and another from NYU. I am looking to expedite HLS now as the CLS deadline is near and I am worried it might be too late before HLS gets back...

gpadmit/ llmquery...

Can anyone confirm the Email to report an expedite request?

Thanks a lot...
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MMB14

Don't worry guys. I was admitted to 3 top 5 and HLS is the one missing. HLS guys at my office told me that this works like that (HLS's kings of the world idea). I am not sure that I am going to nail it, but worth trying (faith land). In any case, I already paid for another law school.

P.D. Trying to get an early decission is worthless. HLS, told me to send them all my admission decisions, then they told me to ask for an extension and finally to wait until March 29.

Don't worry guys. I was admitted to 3 top 5 and HLS is the one missing. HLS guys at my office told me that this works like that (HLS's kings of the world idea). I am not sure that I am going to nail it, but worth trying (faith land). In any case, I already paid for another law school.

P.D. Trying to get an early decission is worthless. HLS, told me to send them all my admission decisions, then they told me to ask for an extension and finally to wait until March 29.
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L&E

Where all did you get admitted..? Just asking by the way...

Where all did you get admitted..? Just asking by the way...
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jsd

Elementary, my dear fellow - he was accepted into Stanford, CLS and NYU (though not neccessarily in that order)

Elementary, my dear fellow - he was accepted into Stanford, CLS and NYU (though not neccessarily in that order)

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