Harvard LLM 2016-2017


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I would just print/save as PDF the "Submit Confirmation" section at Embark. I guess it looks more "formal" than the email, with the school crest and everything.
I would just print/save as PDF the "Submit Confirmation" section at Embark. I guess it looks more "formal" than the email, with the school crest and everything.
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Hi all,

I asked three recommenders if they would support my application in October. Two uploaded their references online and have the status "submitted". The third one opted to post in the reference. It can take 2-3 weeks for mail to arrive in the US from New Zealand, but the status is still "Registration confirmed - has not submitted". I assume it would have arrived by mid-November. I read somewhere that it can take two weeks for the recommedations to be sorted once they arrive, but I thought this might be done by now.

Should I be concerned about this, or does it just take time for the documents to be processed?

Also, I registered a further recommender just before the deadline (to make up for the above) but he will not have a chance to upload until next week. Can anyone confirm that a recommender who was registered before the deadline can upload their reference after it?

Ultimately, I understand that only two recommendations are required but I am interested to know if anyone has had similar experiences to the above.

Also, I think LLM Guide is a great resource and it will be great to meet you guys if we get in :)
Hi all,

I asked three recommenders if they would support my application in October. Two uploaded their references online and have the status "submitted". The third one opted to post in the reference. It can take 2-3 weeks for mail to arrive in the US from New Zealand, but the status is still "Registration confirmed - has not submitted". I assume it would have arrived by mid-November. I read somewhere that it can take two weeks for the recommedations to be sorted once they arrive, but I thought this might be done by now.

Should I be concerned about this, or does it just take time for the documents to be processed?

Also, I registered a further recommender just before the deadline (to make up for the above) but he will not have a chance to upload until next week. Can anyone confirm that a recommender who was registered before the deadline can upload their reference after it?

Ultimately, I understand that only two recommendations are required but I am interested to know if anyone has had similar experiences to the above.

Also, I think LLM Guide is a great resource and it will be great to meet you guys if we get in :)
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Jack13
Hi all,

I asked three recommenders if they would support my application in October. Two uploaded their references online and have the status "submitted". The third one opted to post in the reference. It can take 2-3 weeks for mail to arrive in the US from New Zealand, but the status is still "Registration confirmed - has not submitted". I assume it would have arrived by mid-November. I read somewhere that it can take two weeks for the recommedations to be sorted once they arrive, but I thought this might be done by now.

Should I be concerned about this, or does it just take time for the documents to be processed?

Also, I registered a further recommender just before the deadline (to make up for the above) but he will not have a chance to upload until next week. Can anyone confirm that a recommender who was registered before the deadline can upload their reference after it?

Ultimately, I understand that only two recommendations are required but I am interested to know if anyone has had similar experiences to the above.

Also, I think LLM Guide is a great resource and it will be great to meet you guys if we get in :)


There is no need to register a recommender if he will be submitting his letter via mail.

Double check your "track your status." I am pretty sure you will find record of his letter.
<blockquote>Hi all,

I asked three recommenders if they would support my application in October. Two uploaded their references online and have the status "submitted". The third one opted to post in the reference. It can take 2-3 weeks for mail to arrive in the US from New Zealand, but the status is still "Registration confirmed - has not submitted". I assume it would have arrived by mid-November. I read somewhere that it can take two weeks for the recommedations to be sorted once they arrive, but I thought this might be done by now.

Should I be concerned about this, or does it just take time for the documents to be processed?

Also, I registered a further recommender just before the deadline (to make up for the above) but he will not have a chance to upload until next week. Can anyone confirm that a recommender who was registered before the deadline can upload their reference after it?

Ultimately, I understand that only two recommendations are required but I am interested to know if anyone has had similar experiences to the above.

Also, I think LLM Guide is a great resource and it will be great to meet you guys if we get in :)</blockquote>

There is no need to register a recommender if he will be submitting his letter via mail.

Double check your "track your status." I am pretty sure you will find record of his letter.
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Hi Jack13,

Thanks for your response. I just checked under "track your status" and it says "No current status. Please check back later". Will have to wait and see I suppose.

Just another question - do you (or does anyone) know how strict they are on the word limit? It says on the FAQs page: "Your statement must be no more than 1,500 words anything exceeding this limit will be disallowed." I was about 11 words over and only saw this afterwards :/

Thanks for reading my post! Wishing everyone the best of luck with their applications.
Hi Jack13,

Thanks for your response. I just checked under "track your status" and it says "No current status. Please check back later". Will have to wait and see I suppose.

Just another question - do you (or does anyone) know how strict they are on the word limit? It says on the FAQs page: "Your statement must be no more than 1,500 words – anything exceeding this limit will be disallowed." I was about 11 words over and only saw this afterwards :/

Thanks for reading my post! Wishing everyone the best of luck with their applications.
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Jack13
Hi Jack13,

Thanks for your response. I just checked under "track your status" and it says "No current status. Please check back later". Will have to wait and see I suppose.

Just another question - do you (or does anyone) know how strict they are on the word limit? It says on the FAQs page: "Your statement must be no more than 1,500 words anything exceeding this limit will be disallowed." I was about 11 words over and only saw this afterwards :/

Thanks for reading my post! Wishing everyone the best of luck with their applications.


I would definitely contact the harvard graduate program office and ask whether they received the letter.

I think they will still review your application. However, this mistake might put you at some disadvantage compared to the other applicants. That's just my guess though...:)
<blockquote>Hi Jack13,

Thanks for your response. I just checked under "track your status" and it says "No current status. Please check back later". Will have to wait and see I suppose.

Just another question - do you (or does anyone) know how strict they are on the word limit? It says on the FAQs page: "Your statement must be no more than 1,500 words – anything exceeding this limit will be disallowed." I was about 11 words over and only saw this afterwards :/

Thanks for reading my post! Wishing everyone the best of luck with their applications.</blockquote>

I would definitely contact the harvard graduate program office and ask whether they received the letter.

I think they will still review your application. However, this mistake might put you at some disadvantage compared to the other applicants. That's just my guess though...:)
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I was also confused by this when reading their FAQ. The statement "anything exceeding this limit will be disallowed" is quite ambiguous. Does it mean anything above 1500 will just be ignored, or does it mean the statement as a whole will be "disallowed". Thus, if you have 1501 words, will the 1 word be disallowed or the whole thing? I imagine it is the former so you should be fine; taking the latter position would be, in my opinion, way too punitive.
I was also confused by this when reading their FAQ. The statement "anything exceeding this limit will be disallowed" is quite ambiguous. Does it mean anything above 1500 will just be ignored, or does it mean the statement as a whole will be "disallowed". Thus, if you have 1501 words, will the 1 word be disallowed or the whole thing? I imagine it is the former so you should be fine; taking the latter position would be, in my opinion, way too punitive.
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NaSa19
Hello everyone, do you know when Harvard makes its decision on TOEFL waiver ? I submitted my app a couple of days before 15 Nov, but have not heard anything since...
Hello everyone, do you know when Harvard makes its decision on TOEFL waiver ? I submitted my app a couple of days before 15 Nov, but have not heard anything since...
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Axl
Hey guys,

I'd appreciate your help. I'm having a problem accessing my already submitted application at Embark.
Until a couple of days ago, I had no difficulties tracking my application at Embark. Any suggestions? Are you able to access your application in order to track status?
Many thanks
Hey guys,

I'd appreciate your help. I'm having a problem accessing my already submitted application at Embark.
Until a couple of days ago, I had no difficulties tracking my application at Embark. Any suggestions? Are you able to access your application in order to track status?
Many thanks

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The 2016-2017 Embark Website appears to be offline. The one online is from 2015-2016. Check that...
The 2016-2017 Embark Website appears to be offline. The one online is from 2015-2016. Check that...
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Axl
The 2016-2017 Embark Website appears to be offline. The one online is from 2015-2016. Check that...


Problem solved. Thanks
<blockquote>The 2016-2017 Embark Website appears to be offline. The one online is from 2015-2016. Check that...</blockquote>

Problem solved. Thanks
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Armine
Hello everyone,

I applied to Harvard before November 15. All my supporting materials were submitted on time, except for my law school transcripts, which were posted from UK and haven't reached the Admissions Office yet. I contacted the A.O. before the December deadline and after, they couldn't confirm the status of the transcripts, since they were checking the mail till 11 December. I asked my previous law school to repost the transcripts again, they also contacted the A. O. and explained the situation, I also contacted them several times. Usually delivery takes max 6 days from UK to US. I am now concerned, whether this will affect the Law School's decision. Anyone experienced smth like this?

Many thanks!!!!
Hello everyone,

I applied to Harvard before November 15. All my supporting materials were submitted on time, except for my law school transcripts, which were posted from UK and haven't reached the Admissions Office yet. I contacted the A.O. before the December deadline and after, they couldn't confirm the status of the transcripts, since they were checking the mail till 11 December. I asked my previous law school to repost the transcripts again, they also contacted the A. O. and explained the situation, I also contacted them several times. Usually delivery takes max 6 days from UK to US. I am now concerned, whether this will affect the Law School's decision. Anyone experienced smth like this?

Many thanks!!!!
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chrysl
Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!
Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!
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Jack13
Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!


How did you rank in your law school class?
<blockquote>Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!</blockquote>

How did you rank in your law school class?
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chrysl
Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!


How did you rank in your law school class?


First in class, almost perfect grade point average. Do you think it makes any difference regarding my situation (i.e. recently graduated, just started working...).
<blockquote><blockquote>Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!</blockquote>

How did you rank in your law school class?</blockquote>

First in class, almost perfect grade point average. Do you think it makes any difference regarding my situation (i.e. recently graduated, just started working...).
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Jack13
Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!


How did you rank in your law school class?


First in class, almost perfect grade point average. Do you think it makes any difference regarding my situation (i.e. recently graduated, just started working...).


Yes. I believe gpa is more important for recent graduate than people with 2 or 3 years experience. You stand a chance in my opinion! :)
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>Hello there,

I recently graduated (summer 2015) and started working just before I submitted my application. I would appreciate your feedback as to what impact this circumstance could have on my chances of getting in Harvard and other top schools. Would it diminish my chances, as I will have been working for just half a year by the time LL.M. program starts. I clearly stated in my application that I had just started working in a law firm.
The thing is I didn't apply for LL.M. in my final year of law school, but instead waited until graduation and submitted my application a couple of months after having graduated. Now I'm worrying that this could be viewed unfavorably by the admissions committee.
Besides this, I think I stand fair chances of being admitted to schools I applied to.
It would be great to hear from people in the same or similar situation, both from those who just applied and those who are studying or studied at HLS.

Many thanks!!!</blockquote>

How did you rank in your law school class?</blockquote>

First in class, almost perfect grade point average. Do you think it makes any difference regarding my situation (i.e. recently graduated, just started working...).</blockquote>

Yes. I believe gpa is more important for recent graduate than people with 2 or 3 years experience. You stand a chance in my opinion! :)
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chrysl
Thanks for your reply :) However, it's not my lack of post-graduation experience that worries me, but rather the fact that I started working in a law firm at the same time I submitted my application. Therefore, I will have been working as an associate for cca. half a year at the time LL.M. starts. I wonder whether this could be interpreted as a lack of determination, as I would need to resign after a couple of months of working, in order to pursue my master's degree. In other words, are admitted students with no experience those who applied in their final year of study (if I were in this position, I wouldn't be worrying much, as my LL.M. would have started just a couple of months after my graduation) or rather those who applied as fresh graduates, with one year between their graduation from their law school and matriculation in their LL.M. program.
Thanks again!
Thanks for your reply :) However, it's not my lack of post-graduation experience that worries me, but rather the fact that I started working in a law firm at the same time I submitted my application. Therefore, I will have been working as an associate for cca. half a year at the time LL.M. starts. I wonder whether this could be interpreted as a lack of determination, as I would need to resign after a couple of months of working, in order to pursue my master's degree. In other words, are admitted students with no experience those who applied in their final year of study (if I were in this position, I wouldn't be worrying much, as my LL.M. would have started just a couple of months after my graduation) or rather those who applied as fresh graduates, with one year between their graduation from their law school and matriculation in their LL.M. program.
Thanks again!
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Jack13
Thanks for your reply :) However, it's not my lack of post-graduation experience that worries me, but rather the fact that I started working in a law firm at the same time I submitted my application. Therefore, I will have been working as an associate for cca. half a year at the time LL.M. starts. I wonder whether this could be interpreted as a lack of determination, as I would need to resign after a couple of months of working, in order to pursue my master's degree. In other words, are admitted students with no experience those who applied in their final year of study (if I were in this position, I wouldn't be worrying much, as my LL.M. would have started just a couple of months after my graduation) or rather those who applied as fresh graduates, with one year between their graduation from their law school and matriculation in their LL.M. program.
Thanks again!


No reason to be concerned on either having 0 or half a year work experience. In my eyes, that's no work exp both ways.

In your situation, your grades are much more important than that. I know a couple people who got into HLS with 0 to 1 work exp.
<blockquote>Thanks for your reply :) However, it's not my lack of post-graduation experience that worries me, but rather the fact that I started working in a law firm at the same time I submitted my application. Therefore, I will have been working as an associate for cca. half a year at the time LL.M. starts. I wonder whether this could be interpreted as a lack of determination, as I would need to resign after a couple of months of working, in order to pursue my master's degree. In other words, are admitted students with no experience those who applied in their final year of study (if I were in this position, I wouldn't be worrying much, as my LL.M. would have started just a couple of months after my graduation) or rather those who applied as fresh graduates, with one year between their graduation from their law school and matriculation in their LL.M. program.
Thanks again!</blockquote>

No reason to be concerned on either having 0 or half a year work experience. In my eyes, that's no work exp both ways.

In your situation, your grades are much more important than that. I know a couple people who got into HLS with 0 to 1 work exp.
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Eman-m
My TOEFL score status changed from "Available" to "Not available", i called and they said the score will be released after 4-6 weeks!
I know it is okay if Harvard received the score after the deadline, but don't you think that 4-6 weeks is too much? =(
My TOEFL score status changed from "Available" to "Not available", i called and they said the score will be released after 4-6 weeks!
I know it is okay if Harvard received the score after the deadline, but don't you think that 4-6 weeks is too much? =(
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