Vault Rating: 5 out of 5


  • Professors are readily available to students
  • Good loan repayment options
  • Supportive of students who choose a public interest path
  • Prestigious firms recruit heavily during the On-Campus Interviewing Season
  • Great campus life


  • Large class sizes
  • Too much emphasis placed on theory and not enough on practical applications of law
  • Cambridge Massachusetts faces extreme weather patterns

The Bottom Line

  • Harvard Law School’s prestige and its alumni star power is known throughout the legal industry, meaning large firms recruit very heavily on campus. While the opportunities to accept positions in Big Law are endless and attractive, Harvard also works hard to help students navigate a public interest route.


Harvard Law School offers J.D., LL.M., S.J.D. and Visiting Scholar/Visiting Research programs to potential students. Admission guidelines differ depending on the program students apply to.

Like most institutions of its caliber, admission into the Harvard Law School J.D. program is...  

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