Harvard Law LLM 2018-2019


MV20178
Howdy everyone!

Looked around a bit and haven't found a topic dedicated to the 2018-2019 Harvard applications.

So, how is the preparation going? Anyone have already applied?

For me, just waiting on a last recommender and to finish my PS, and up we go!

Talking about P.S, how are you guys planning to do it?

Best regards!

[Edited by MV20178 on Mar 15, 2018]

Howdy everyone!

Looked around a bit and haven't found a topic dedicated to the 2018-2019 Harvard applications.

So, how is the preparation going? Anyone have already applied?

For me, just waiting on a last recommender and to finish my PS, and up we go!

Talking about P.S, how are you guys planning to do it?

Best regards!
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I am preparing the Harvard PS, too. In addition to the PS, it's also required to write separate words on academic interest and career plan. So you don't need write this two parts in your PS.
I am preparing the Harvard PS, too. In addition to the PS, it's also required to write separate words on academic interest and career plan. So you don't need write this two parts in your PS.
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Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?
Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?
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Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).
Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).
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MV20178
Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?


If you are planning to apply to multiple schools, the LSAC system is way more convenient, since you will have to revalidate your transcripts just once.

Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).



Hello, great to hear you are also applying!
Just one small questions, did you also register Harvard in your LSAC Account?It is not clear if i have to do it on the LSAC side.

[Edited by MV20178 on Oct 02, 2017]

[quote]Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?[/quote]

If you are planning to apply to multiple schools, the LSAC system is way more convenient, since you will have to revalidate your transcripts just once.

[quote]Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).[/quote]



Hello, great to hear you are also applying!
Just one small questions, did you also register Harvard in your LSAC Account?It is not clear if i have to do it on the LSAC side.

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Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?


If you are planning to apply to multiple schools, the LSAC system is way more convenient, since you will have to revalidate your transcripts just once.

Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).



Hello, great to hear you are also applying!
Just one small questions, did you also register Harvard in your LSAC Account?It is not clear if i have to do it on the LSAC side.



Yes I have registered Harvard on the LSAC platform. I'm not exactly sure how it works though as I seem to be unable to get HLS from the "active applications" list to the "completed applications" list, even though I have submitted my application to Harvard and all my transcripts are on file. Also it does not appear that Harvard has requested my transcripts yet. I've emailed LSAC to ask them if everything was normal or if I did something wrong.

[Edited by Sorran Pechird on Oct 02, 2017]

[quote][quote]Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?[/quote]

If you are planning to apply to multiple schools, the LSAC system is way more convenient, since you will have to revalidate your transcripts just once.

[quote]Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).[/quote]



Hello, great to hear you are also applying!
Just one small questions, did you also register Harvard in your LSAC Account?It is not clear if i have to do it on the LSAC side.

[/quote]

Yes I have registered Harvard on the LSAC platform. I'm not exactly sure how it works though as I seem to be unable to get HLS from the "active applications" list to the "completed applications" list, even though I have submitted my application to Harvard and all my transcripts are on file. Also it does not appear that Harvard has requested my transcripts yet. I've emailed LSAC to ask them if everything was normal or if I did something wrong.
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MV20178
Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?


If you are planning to apply to multiple schools, the LSAC system is way more convenient, since you will have to revalidate your transcripts just once.

Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).



Hello, great to hear you are also applying!
Just one small questions, did you also register Harvard in your LSAC Account?It is not clear if i have to do it on the LSAC side.



Yes I have registered Harvard on the LSAC platform. I'm not exactly sure how it works though as I seem to be unable to get HLS from the "active applications" list to the "completed applications" list, even though I have submitted my application to Harvard and all my transcripts are on file. Also it does not appear that Harvard has requested my transcripts yet. I've emailed LSAC to ask them if everything was normal or if I did something wrong.


Hey Sorran, any news on your transcripts?
I've submitted my application in the HLS page, as well as registered harvard in my LSAC Account.
According to HLS website, they should request my transcripts from LSAC around 1 week after the application's submission.

[Edited by MV20178 on Oct 11, 2017]

[quote][quote][quote]Hello.
Are you guys applying through the LCAS or directly through Harvard's application process? Any benefits of choosing one way over the other?[/quote]

If you are planning to apply to multiple schools, the LSAC system is way more convenient, since you will have to revalidate your transcripts just once.

[quote]Hello !

I have just submitted my application. I applied through LSAC (also applying to other schools so it's more convenient).[/quote]



Hello, great to hear you are also applying!
Just one small questions, did you also register Harvard in your LSAC Account?It is not clear if i have to do it on the LSAC side.

[/quote]

Yes I have registered Harvard on the LSAC platform. I'm not exactly sure how it works though as I seem to be unable to get HLS from the "active applications" list to the "completed applications" list, even though I have submitted my application to Harvard and all my transcripts are on file. Also it does not appear that Harvard has requested my transcripts yet. I've emailed LSAC to ask them if everything was normal or if I did something wrong.[/quote]

Hey Sorran, any news on your transcripts?
I've submitted my application in the HLS page, as well as registered harvard in my LSAC Account.
According to HLS website, they should request my transcripts from LSAC around 1 week after the application's submission.
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Hello MV20178 !

Yes they successfully requested all my LSAC documents after I emailed them! Everything's good now. All my applications are in the "completed applications" list on the platform.

[Edited by Sorran Pechird on Oct 13, 2017]

Hello MV20178 !

Yes they successfully requested all my LSAC documents after I emailed them! Everything's good now. All my applications are in the "completed applications" list on the platform.
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leviathan
Good luck to everyone applying! I'm still struggling with my PS but I hope I'll get it done this weekend.

1. Do you guys know if the "preferred" deadline of Nov. 15 has any impact on the chances of admission?

2. Does the time it takes HLS to request my TOEFL score and transcripts from LSAC count towards the Dec. 1 deadline? In other words: Do I need to complete my HLS application on their website (including LoRs) approx. 1 week before the deadline or is it fine if I press "send" on the HLS website on Nov. 31?
Good luck to everyone applying! I'm still struggling with my PS but I hope I'll get it done this weekend.

1. Do you guys know if the "preferred" deadline of Nov. 15 has any impact on the chances of admission?

2. Does the time it takes HLS to request my TOEFL score and transcripts from LSAC count towards the Dec. 1 deadline? In other words: Do I need to complete my HLS application on their website (including LoRs) approx. 1 week before the deadline or is it fine if I press "send" on the HLS website on Nov. 31?
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Dear Leviathan:

Great questions.

1. Many of my clients have (as did many of my classmates at Harvard) submitted their application minutes before the deadline. All of them were successful and gained admission. Therefore, I believe it has no effect. I believe Harvard just reccomends that preferred date to ensure technical difficulties or unforeseen circumstances do not hinder you getting your application in by the end of November.

2. The time it takes for Harvard to request your TOEFL score and LSAC report does not count towards the deadline. They request these after the application deadline (in December). Feel free to submit it a few minutes before the deadline, but, to be safe, I’d recommend a at least a few hours before!

If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

Sincerely,

LLMSherpa
Dear Leviathan:

Great questions.

1. Many of my clients have (as did many of my classmates at Harvard) submitted their application minutes before the deadline. All of them were successful and gained admission. Therefore, I believe it has no effect. I believe Harvard just reccomends that preferred date to ensure technical difficulties or unforeseen circumstances do not hinder you getting your application in by the end of November.

2. The time it takes for Harvard to request your TOEFL score and LSAC report does not count towards the deadline. They request these after the application deadline (in December). Feel free to submit it a few minutes before the deadline, but, to be safe, I’d recommend a at least a few hours before!

If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

Sincerely,

LLMSherpa

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Kuba91
Hi all,

I was wondering, if anyone knows the answer to this question. When submitting the transcripts and diplomas, my university provided my with a certificate in English, stating that I successfully graduated, obtained my degree and completed all my obligations. Does this count as a "diploma" or should I present an actual diploma, which was issued to me at graduation ceremony. The latter is not in English and would have to be translated. Hence, it makes much more sense to me to present the aforementioned certificate in English.
Hi all,

I was wondering, if anyone knows the answer to this question. When submitting the transcripts and diplomas, my university provided my with a certificate in English, stating that I successfully graduated, obtained my degree and completed all my obligations. Does this count as a "diploma" or should I present an actual diploma, which was issued to me at graduation ceremony. The latter is not in English and would have to be translated. Hence, it makes much more sense to me to present the aforementioned certificate in English.
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Hi all,

I was wondering, if anyone knows the answer to this question. When submitting the transcripts and diplomas, my university provided my with a certificate in English, stating that I successfully graduated, obtained my degree and completed all my obligations. Does this count as a "diploma" or should I present an actual diploma, which was issued to me at graduation ceremony. The latter is not in English and would have to be translated. Hence, it makes much more sense to me to present the aforementioned certificate in English.


Dear Kuba91:

What you have submitted will be enough. The law school does not need to actually see your diploma. For example, many of my client's transcripts just say that they were "awarded the diploma" at the end of their academic transcript. That has always been sufficient.

In the unlikely event that Harvard Law School requires more information, they will contact you and will ask for it. Thus, no need to worry about it.

If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

Sincerely,

LLMSherpa
[quote]Hi all,

I was wondering, if anyone knows the answer to this question. When submitting the transcripts and diplomas, my university provided my with a certificate in English, stating that I successfully graduated, obtained my degree and completed all my obligations. Does this count as a "diploma" or should I present an actual diploma, which was issued to me at graduation ceremony. The latter is not in English and would have to be translated. Hence, it makes much more sense to me to present the aforementioned certificate in English. [/quote]

Dear Kuba91:

What you have submitted will be enough. The law school does not need to actually see your diploma. For example, many of my client's transcripts just say that they were "awarded the diploma" at the end of their academic transcript. That has always been sufficient.

In the unlikely event that Harvard Law School requires more information, they will contact you and will ask for it. Thus, no need to worry about it.

If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

Sincerely,

LLMSherpa

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fragnx88
Hi all,

I was wondering, if anyone knows the answer to this question. When submitting the transcripts and diplomas, my university provided my with a certificate in English, stating that I successfully graduated, obtained my degree and completed all my obligations. Does this count as a "diploma" or should I present an actual diploma, which was issued to me at graduation ceremony. The latter is not in English and would have to be translated. Hence, it makes much more sense to me to present the aforementioned certificate in English.


I had the same question. Harvard does state in the instructions that they want to see your diploma, so I called LSAC and they suggested I scanned it (it was in my possession) and they attached it to my file. Just to be safe :)
[quote]Hi all,

I was wondering, if anyone knows the answer to this question. When submitting the transcripts and diplomas, my university provided my with a certificate in English, stating that I successfully graduated, obtained my degree and completed all my obligations. Does this count as a "diploma" or should I present an actual diploma, which was issued to me at graduation ceremony. The latter is not in English and would have to be translated. Hence, it makes much more sense to me to present the aforementioned certificate in English. [/quote]

I had the same question. Harvard does state in the instructions that they want to see your diploma, so I called LSAC and they suggested I scanned it (it was in my possession) and they attached it to my file. Just to be safe :)
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Shero20
Hi all ,
I am starting to panic here because of LSAC :
1/ They are still evaluating my first law degree transcript for a month already ! MY AACRAO status is : Hold- Further research . When I asked if this was normal , they answered yes maybe the evaluator needs more research. Whereas my law degree was from a renowned University in Paris, is there a way to contact the evaluators ?

2/ I sent my last transcript , received by LSAC on monday 13 nov. It is a graduate program that I just finished , so the transcript was not available earlier. Till now I didn't receive a confirmation of receipt by LSAC !!!!! They don't answer my mails, tried to call but it was thanksgiving.

When I called Harvard to ask about what the deadline of december 1st really meant: they said that the deadline should be understood as the max date to submit application online and send materials to LSAC. But when I asked about the report , and how long are they willing to wait for LSAC to send it, they answered that they know about LSAC delays and that they can wait for some short time after the deadline to receive the LSAC report.

I really regret applying through LSAC, if I knew about their delays I would have applied directly to Harvard. Does someone know for how long Harvard is willing to wait for the report ? as long as the application was submitted in respect of the deadline.

Thanks a lot
Hi all ,
I am starting to panic here because of LSAC :
1/ They are still evaluating my first law degree transcript for a month already ! MY AACRAO status is : Hold- Further research . When I asked if this was normal , they answered yes maybe the evaluator needs more research. Whereas my law degree was from a renowned University in Paris, is there a way to contact the evaluators ?

2/ I sent my last transcript , received by LSAC on monday 13 nov. It is a graduate program that I just finished , so the transcript was not available earlier. Till now I didn't receive a confirmation of receipt by LSAC !!!!! They don't answer my mails, tried to call but it was thanksgiving.

When I called Harvard to ask about what the deadline of december 1st really meant: they said that the deadline should be understood as the max date to submit application online and send materials to LSAC. But when I asked about the report , and how long are they willing to wait for LSAC to send it, they answered that they know about LSAC delays and that they can wait for some short time after the deadline to receive the LSAC report.

I really regret applying through LSAC, if I knew about their delays I would have applied directly to Harvard. Does someone know for how long Harvard is willing to wait for the report ? as long as the application was submitted in respect of the deadline.

Thanks a lot
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fragnx88
I recommend being pushy with LSAC and asking for clarifications. Please keep in mind it's Thanksgiving week in the U.S. and they're most likely closed until Monday.
From my experience, they needed an separate transcript for my exchange program and never let me know, until a month later when I explicitly asked why my file had been on hold for a whole month. I understand your frustration-after paying $220 plus $30 per school this is a pretty bad service, but this is basically our only option so try to take a deep breath and communicate with them through phone rather than emails. That's my 2 cents.
I recommend being pushy with LSAC and asking for clarifications. Please keep in mind it's Thanksgiving week in the U.S. and they're most likely closed until Monday.
From my experience, they needed an separate transcript for my exchange program and never let me know, until a month later when I explicitly asked why my file had been on hold for a whole month. I understand your frustration-after paying $220 plus $30 per school this is a pretty bad service, but this is basically our only option so try to take a deep breath and communicate with them through phone rather than emails. That's my 2 cents.
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Same here.
Mine was sent to LSAC on Nov. 2;
they likely got it around Nov.13.
They are still just sitting on it.
Same here.
Mine was sent to LSAC on Nov. 2;
they likely got it around Nov.13.
They are still just sitting on it.
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Shero20
I recommend being pushy with LSAC and asking for clarifications. Please keep in mind it's Thanksgiving week in the U.S. and they're most likely closed until Monday.
From my experience, they needed an separate transcript for my exchange program and never let me know, until a month later when I explicitly asked why my file had been on hold for a whole month. I understand your frustration-after paying $220 plus $30 per school this is a pretty bad service, but this is basically our only option so try to take a deep breath and communicate with them through phone rather than emails. That's my 2 cents.


Thanks for the tip , I will give them a call first thing on monday
[quote]I recommend being pushy with LSAC and asking for clarifications. Please keep in mind it's Thanksgiving week in the U.S. and they're most likely closed until Monday.
From my experience, they needed an separate transcript for my exchange program and never let me know, until a month later when I explicitly asked why my file had been on hold for a whole month. I understand your frustration-after paying $220 plus $30 per school this is a pretty bad service, but this is basically our only option so try to take a deep breath and communicate with them through phone rather than emails. That's my 2 cents. [/quote]

Thanks for the tip , I will give them a call first thing on monday
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tepp90
FYI, just received this from Harvard:

"Dear XX,

We have received a significant number of inquiries as to whether we will consider applications if some of the supporting materials (i.e., recommendations, transcripts, LSAC Reports, and/or TOEFL scores) are received after the December 1 deadline. As long as you have submitted your online application by the deadline, we will continue to accept and process these items after the application submission deadline has passed and your application will not be disadvantaged. Please make sure to submit your online application by the December 1 deadline – the application is scheduled to close at 1:00 a.m. on December 2 (U.S. Eastern time).

Kind regards,
Harvard Law School Graduate Program"
FYI, just received this from Harvard:

"Dear XX,

We have received a significant number of inquiries as to whether we will consider applications if some of the supporting materials (i.e., recommendations, transcripts, LSAC Reports, and/or TOEFL scores) are received after the December 1 deadline. As long as you have submitted your online application by the deadline, we will continue to accept and process these items after the application submission deadline has passed and your application will not be disadvantaged. Please make sure to submit your online application by the December 1 deadline – the application is scheduled to close at 1:00 a.m. on December 2 (U.S. Eastern time).

Kind regards,
Harvard Law School Graduate Program"
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koffie
Hi, I have a query regarding my LOR. My recommender is a Very Important Person who heads an international organization and, although he informed me that he has written and signed the recommendation letter, he does not want to be contacted directly to upload the letter and would prefer that his deputy do it with him. In this case, should I list his deputy's email address although with his personal details?
Hi, I have a query regarding my LOR. My recommender is a Very Important Person who heads an international organization and, although he informed me that he has written and signed the recommendation letter, he does not want to be contacted directly to upload the letter and would prefer that his deputy do it with him. In this case, should I list his deputy's email address although with his personal details?
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JJ2017
Hi all ,
I am starting to panic here because of LSAC :
1/ They are still evaluating my first law degree transcript for a month already ! MY AACRAO status is : Hold- Further research . When I asked if this was normal , they answered yes maybe the evaluator needs more research. Whereas my law degree was from a renowned University in Paris, is there a way to contact the evaluators ?

2/ I sent my last transcript , received by LSAC on monday 13 nov. It is a graduate program that I just finished , so the transcript was not available earlier. Till now I didn't receive a confirmation of receipt by LSAC !!!!! They don't answer my mails, tried to call but it was thanksgiving.

When I called Harvard to ask about what the deadline of december 1st really meant: they said that the deadline should be understood as the max date to submit application online and send materials to LSAC. But when I asked about the report , and how long are they willing to wait for LSAC to send it, they answered that they know about LSAC delays and that they can wait for some short time after the deadline to receive the LSAC report.

I really regret applying through LSAC, if I knew about their delays I would have applied directly to Harvard. Does someone know for how long Harvard is willing to wait for the report ? as long as the application was submitted in respect of the deadline.

Thanks a lot


I had similar issues with LSAC - My recommendation is to call them and push it. LSAC had my transcript for three weeks and I was about to miss a deadline because of the wait on AACRAO verifications. I emailed LSAC and called and spoke to someone who was sympathetic but said she couldn't do anything. However, a day later, it was all done! I don't know if it was a coincidence but it is definitely worth a shot.
[quote]Hi all ,
I am starting to panic here because of LSAC :
1/ They are still evaluating my first law degree transcript for a month already ! MY AACRAO status is : Hold- Further research . When I asked if this was normal , they answered yes maybe the evaluator needs more research. Whereas my law degree was from a renowned University in Paris, is there a way to contact the evaluators ?

2/ I sent my last transcript , received by LSAC on monday 13 nov. It is a graduate program that I just finished , so the transcript was not available earlier. Till now I didn't receive a confirmation of receipt by LSAC !!!!! They don't answer my mails, tried to call but it was thanksgiving.

When I called Harvard to ask about what the deadline of december 1st really meant: they said that the deadline should be understood as the max date to submit application online and send materials to LSAC. But when I asked about the report , and how long are they willing to wait for LSAC to send it, they answered that they know about LSAC delays and that they can wait for some short time after the deadline to receive the LSAC report.

I really regret applying through LSAC, if I knew about their delays I would have applied directly to Harvard. Does someone know for how long Harvard is willing to wait for the report ? as long as the application was submitted in respect of the deadline.

Thanks a lot[/quote]

I had similar issues with LSAC - My recommendation is to call them and push it. LSAC had my transcript for three weeks and I was about to miss a deadline because of the wait on AACRAO verifications. I emailed LSAC and called and spoke to someone who was sympathetic but said she couldn't do anything. However, a day later, it was all done! I don't know if it was a coincidence but it is definitely worth a shot.
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