Harvard LLM Application Status Updates


supranote1
Has anyone's status moved from "received" to "complete"? I realize this has been discussed in prior posts, but I'd like to start a new string that collates responses about this particular issue. Thanks.
Has anyone's status moved from "received" to "complete"? I realize this has been discussed in prior posts, but I'd like to start a new string that collates responses about this particular issue. Thanks.
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jsd
Negative here.
Negative here.
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dbk
They have received everything (i.e., recommendations, transcripts, etc.) but my status is still not complete.

However, I'm not too worried, as nothing is missing.
They have received everything (i.e., recommendations, transcripts, etc.) but my status is still not complete.

However, I'm not too worried, as nothing is missing.
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supranote1
Thanks for responding. I'm in the same situation. Everything has been received, so I was just curious if others are experiencing the same status.
Thanks for responding. I'm in the same situation. Everything has been received, so I was just curious if others are experiencing the same status.
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trout_face
My stuff has still not all been "received" (!) which I think is pretty ridiculous.
My stuff has still not all been "received" (!) which I think is pretty ridiculous.
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All not received here to! Should i be worried?
All not received here to! Should i be worried?
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CanuckLLM
My understanding from an email that I received from Harvard was that we won't receive notification that our file is "complete". If the conditions below are met, the application will be complete:

"For your application to be considered complete, the items under your Applicant Status Page should be indicated as follows:

Application Status: Received
Check/Money Order Status (if applicable): Received
Fee Waiver Decision (if applicable): Waived
LSAC Report Status (if applicable): Received
Official TOEFL Score Report (if applicable): Received
Recommendation 1 Status: Received
Recommendation 2 Status: Received
Recommendation 3 Status (if applicable): Received
Recommendation 4 Status (if applicable): Received
Recommendation 5 Status (if applicable):Received
TOEFL Waiver Decision (if applicable): Waived
Transcript Law School : Received
Transcript Other School 1 (if applicable): Received
Transcript Other School 2 (if applicable): Received
Transcript Other School 3 (if applicable): Received
Transcript Other School 4 (if applicable): Received"

Further, if your referees use the online system, the information regarding whether their letters have been received will be found on the Recommendations page:

"Important notice about online recommendations:
To track the status of recommendations, please click on the Recommendations link located in the menu options found in the top left corner of your online application. This will take you to a page titled Step 5: Recommendations, where you will be able to see the status of your respective online recommendation(s). Recommendations already submitted will be indicated by the status Received."
My understanding from an email that I received from Harvard was that we won't receive notification that our file is "complete". If the conditions below are met, the application will be complete:

"For your application to be considered complete, the items under your Applicant Status Page should be indicated as follows:

Application Status: Received
Check/Money Order Status (if applicable): Received
Fee Waiver Decision (if applicable): Waived
LSAC Report Status (if applicable): Received
Official TOEFL Score Report (if applicable): Received
Recommendation 1 Status: Received
Recommendation 2 Status: Received
Recommendation 3 Status (if applicable): Received
Recommendation 4 Status (if applicable): Received
Recommendation 5 Status (if applicable):Received
TOEFL Waiver Decision (if applicable): Waived
Transcript – Law School : Received
Transcript – Other School 1 (if applicable): Received
Transcript – Other School 2 (if applicable): Received
Transcript – Other School 3 (if applicable): Received
Transcript – Other School 4 (if applicable): Received"

Further, if your referees use the online system, the information regarding whether their letters have been received will be found on the Recommendations page:

"Important notice about online recommendations:
To track the status of recommendations, please click on the “Recommendations” link located in the menu options found in the top left corner of your online application. This will take you to a page titled “Step 5: Recommendations”, where you will be able to see the status of your respective online recommendation(s). Recommendations already submitted will be indicated by the status “Received”."

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supranote1
That is correct. BUT, the "received" status for Application Status can be changed to "complete," per the HLS admissions office several months ago. The question is whether that will occur or not.
That is correct. BUT, the "received" status for Application Status can be changed to "complete," per the HLS admissions office several months ago. The question is whether that will occur or not.
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Yeah...
And what about my status regarding the Law School Transcript? It's: "N/A - Used LSAC Service".

Is this normal?
Yeah...
And what about my status regarding the Law School Transcript? It's: "N/A - Used LSAC Service".

Is this normal?
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msachn
ditto to the status mail above - received it in 2nd week of december. the strange thing is, for 'check / money order', it says check back again - i paid through credit card. the status is quite inconsistent - for me. one law school transcripts are received, whereas others are not shown as having been received.
the mail that HLS sent is more peremptory than informative - you dont get in touch with them; they get in touch, if anythings missing.
we've all lasted this long, guess we can pull through about 60 days~
ditto to the status mail above - received it in 2nd week of december. the strange thing is, for 'check / money order', it says check back again - i paid through credit card. the status is quite inconsistent - for me. one law school transcripts are received, whereas others are not shown as having been received.
the mail that HLS sent is more peremptory than informative - you dont get in touch with them; they get in touch, if anythings missing.
we've all lasted this long, guess we can pull through about 60 days~
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jsd
60 days? My countdown timer is set to March 01 - it appears that hls informs successful applicants around this time, discreetly of course.
60 days? My countdown timer is set to March 01 - it appears that hls informs successful applicants around this time, discreetly of course.
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My best friend got accepted on March 18th.

They release the decisions within 3-4days, starting from March 15.

So, I think what you heard is not true...
My best friend got accepted on March 18th.

They release the decisions within 3-4days, starting from March 15.

So, I think what you heard is not true...
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jsd
I can safely tell you that i know of one person who was informed by harvard of his admission around march 01 but was told to keep it quiet till the emails were sent around march 12/13. this was in 2008
I can safely tell you that i know of one person who was informed by harvard of his admission around march 01 but was told to keep it quiet till the emails were sent around march 12/13. this was in 2008
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This person had a Fulbright Scholarship?
I think I read somewhere that people with Fulbright received notice of their admission decision earlier.

It's just a faint memory I have of reading that somewhere around these boards. I may be wrong.

In any case, there might have been a special reason (Fulbright or other) why this person was contacted earlier.
Do you know what it was?
This person had a Fulbright Scholarship?
I think I read somewhere that people with Fulbright received notice of their admission decision earlier.

It's just a faint memory I have of reading that somewhere around these boards. I may be wrong.

In any case, there might have been a special reason (Fulbright or other) why this person was contacted earlier.
Do you know what it was?
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jsd
Nothing special as far as I know. She was in the top 10% of her class, strong resume, and had worked for 2 years.
Nothing special as far as I know. She was in the top 10% of her class, strong resume, and had worked for 2 years.
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lextra
Odd. I might have to ban myself from looking at this forum from now until late March to prevent myself from wondering about the status of this application! what will be will be...or not!

BTW, a random question about applications from UK universities (this doesn't apply to me as I already graduated with a qualifying law degree).

I read HLS' admission criteria for the LLM as stating you should *already hold* (ie already have graduated with) a qualifying law degree, so this precludes applications from people in the third year of their law degree who haven't completed yet? But then this means it's impossible to go straight from a UK LLB to the Harvard LLM without a year of something in between. Am I correct to think this? The Knox website seems to back it up:

6. Knox Fellowship applicants seeking admission to Harvard Law School should have completed their resident university education and hold a basic degree in Law before applying for an advanced degree program such as the Master of Laws (LLM).

Yet I read loads of posts from people who appear to be in the final year of their undergrad degree, thus don't fulfil this criteria, yet are applying anyway. I also had a friend who applied with outstanding credentials in his third year, yet was rejected (he went on to do the BCL at Oxford). Maybe they just aren't reading the eligibility requirements closely enough?
Odd. I might have to ban myself from looking at this forum from now until late March to prevent myself from wondering about the status of this application! what will be will be...or not!

BTW, a random question about applications from UK universities (this doesn't apply to me as I already graduated with a qualifying law degree).

I read HLS' admission criteria for the LLM as stating you should *already hold* (ie already have graduated with) a qualifying law degree, so this precludes applications from people in the third year of their law degree who haven't completed yet? But then this means it's impossible to go straight from a UK LLB to the Harvard LLM without a year of something in between. Am I correct to think this? The Knox website seems to back it up:

6. Knox Fellowship applicants seeking admission to Harvard Law School should have completed their resident university education and hold a basic degree in Law before applying for an advanced degree program such as the Master of Laws (LLM).

Yet I read loads of posts from people who appear to be in the final year of their undergrad degree, thus don't fulfil this criteria, yet are applying anyway. I also had a friend who applied with outstanding credentials in his third year, yet was rejected (he went on to do the BCL at Oxford). Maybe they just aren't reading the eligibility requirements closely enough?

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supranote1
Has anyone called to ask if the status of "received" will be changed to "complete"?

Also, I believe the admissions materials indicate that they will try to accommodate you by providing a decision earlier if you have another deadline (or something to that effect). While this most certainly applies to other LLM admissions decisions, any thoughts about clerkships? What if you have a clerkship interview scheduled before March and might be extended an exploding offer? Would one be ill-advised to call and ask if it's possible to receive a decision sooner on that basis?
Has anyone called to ask if the status of "received" will be changed to "complete"?

Also, I believe the admissions materials indicate that they will try to accommodate you by providing a decision earlier if you have another deadline (or something to that effect). While this most certainly applies to other LLM admissions decisions, any thoughts about clerkships? What if you have a clerkship interview scheduled before March and might be extended an exploding offer? Would one be ill-advised to call and ask if it's possible to receive a decision sooner on that basis?
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jsd
I think anyone with a job / clerkship interview schedule in Feb should inform HLS and ask if an early decision can be granted.

For myself, I too expect an interview call from my government for a position i had applied for - there's a 50% chance it may be in Feb - if so I will certainly inform HLS about it.
I think anyone with a job / clerkship interview schedule in Feb should inform HLS and ask if an early decision can be granted.

For myself, I too expect an interview call from my government for a position i had applied for - there's a 50% chance it may be in Feb - if so I will certainly inform HLS about it.
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I think anyone with a job / clerkship interview schedule in Feb should inform HLS and ask if an early decision can be granted.

For myself, I too expect an interview call from my government for a position i had applied for - there's a 50% chance it may be in Feb - if so I will certainly inform HLS about it.


This brings a good question I was wanting to ask: would you waive a job / clerkship if Harvard (or any other top law school) admitted you?
<blockquote>I think anyone with a job / clerkship interview schedule in Feb should inform HLS and ask if an early decision can be granted.

For myself, I too expect an interview call from my government for a position i had applied for - there's a 50% chance it may be in Feb - if so I will certainly inform HLS about it.</blockquote>

This brings a good question I was wanting to ask: would you waive a job / clerkship if Harvard (or any other top law school) admitted you?
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supranote1
Part of me thinks contacting them to ask for an earlier decision is a double-edged sword, suggesting that you may not be 100% interested. Or, it's just a genuine inquiry to try to figure out your next step.

Depending on the job or the clerkship, it may be possible to request a deferral. My understanding is that deferrals at HLS are rare and may require you to "reapply" the following year, effectively making it a declined admission decision. Anyone know about deferrals?

Has anyone contacted HLS about obtaining an early admissions decision based upon exigent circumstances such as a job or clerkship offer?
Part of me thinks contacting them to ask for an earlier decision is a double-edged sword, suggesting that you may not be 100% interested. Or, it's just a genuine inquiry to try to figure out your next step.

Depending on the job or the clerkship, it may be possible to request a deferral. My understanding is that deferrals at HLS are rare and may require you to "reapply" the following year, effectively making it a declined admission decision. Anyone know about deferrals?

Has anyone contacted HLS about obtaining an early admissions decision based upon exigent circumstances such as a job or clerkship offer?
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