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Harvard University LLM Admission 2024 FAQs

Q:   How can I get admission to Harvard for LLM?


To pursue an LLM from Harvard, the applicants are required to meet the entry requirements given below:

  • A J.D. (Juris Doctor) from an ABA-approved US law school or a first law degree (J.D., LLB or the equivalent) from a law school
  • If the applicants are in the final year of law studies, then they must complete the degree no later than June of the year in which they are intended to enroll
  • Usually, to study LLM from Harvard, no work experience or further study beyond law school is needed. However, the applicants with two or more years of work experience have a better sense of what they hope to accomplish during the LLM program
  • TOEFL test score

Q:   How to apply for LLM in Harvard?


To study LLM in Harvard, the applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Academic transcripts (including Diplomas for all the degrees that have been received)
  • Online application form
  • CV / resume
  • Personal statement, parts A and B
  • Official TOEFL score report
  • Recommendation (At least two)
  • Financial aid application (if applicable)
  • Application fee of USD 85

Q:   What is the acceptance rate for Harvard University LLM?


Harvard University LLM acceptance rate is around 11.25%. In short, admission to LLM in Harvard is highly competitive. Each around, around 1,600 applicants compete to get a seat from around 180 places in the program. So, to get into the LLM programme at Harvard, students must have a strong academic record. Furthermore, they must meet all the entry and application requirements. While evaluating the LLM applications, the Committee at Harvard University considers the following things of applicants:

  • Grades and rank in their Law and other University Studies
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Occupational interests
  • Professional and personal accomplishments
  • Other factors

Q:   Why is Harvard Law so popular?


According to the Assistant Dean for Harvard Law School’s Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Harvard Law School is in a category of its own, offering a unique combination of inter-connectedness and size, access to world-renowned faculty, diversity and familiarity, and support. Furthermore, at Harvard Law School students connect cutting-edge classroom theory to real-world, real-time legal practice and policy development through experiential pathways to learning.


Q:   What is the fees for LLM at Harvard?


A year in Harvard Law School LLM course is expensive. In INR, The tuition fee for the 2023-24 academic year is USD 73,600. Apart from the tuition fees, other fees that are included are health insurance and health services fees and activities fees. Besides the tuition & fees, students are required to pay the living expenses too and the estimated budget is given below:



Rent and utilities

USD 17,100


USD 5,850

Personal expenses

USD 5,647

Books & supplies

USD 1,650


USD 1,725

Also Read: Cost of Living in USA for International Students 


Q:   How long is LLM in Harvard?


Harvard LLM programme is a one-year degree program. Through this program, Harvard University is interested in attracting intellectually curious and thoughtful candidates from a variety of legal systems and backgrounds with various career plans. Students in Harvard LLM include lawyers working in firms, law professors, government officials, judges, diplomats, human rights activists, doctoral students, business people, etc.


Q:   What essentials do you need to apply for an LLM at Harvard?


In order to apply for Harvard LLM, the applicants need the following things:

  • A J.D. from an ABA-approved US law school or a first law degree (J.D., LLB or the equivalent) from a foreign law school is required
  • Official TOEFL score
  • Online application form
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • At least 2 recommendations
  • Personal statement

Q:   How should my CV look like to get into Harvard Law School for LLM?


According to some reviews, here’s what you need to get into Harvard LLM:

  • Make sure the achievements in the CV are balanced but consistent. Some of the achievements that one can include are moot cases or winning essay competitions
  • Engage in extracurricular apart from studying and include all those achievements in your CV. Try getting involved in the internships, competitions, and other activities that will have some significance for the career
  • Your CV should reflect the focus and ability to manage time

Q:   What should an Indian undergraduate law student do to attend Harvard Law School for a master's?


Some of the recommendations that expert give in order to get into Harvard LLM are:

  • Excel in your UG studies. This point is a given since the programme is very competitive
  • Distinguish yourself as intellectually curious through research, scholarship, etc.

Q:   What do Indian lawyers need to get into Harvard Law? Please list out some essential skills a prospective candidate needs to demonstrate.


According to some experts, here is what Indian lawyers can do to get into Harvard LLM:

  • Showcase strong academic credentials: Ensure to have excellent grades in the undergraduate degree
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills: Harvard Law looks for those aspirants who can showcase strong leadership skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with others, the ability to think strategically, initiative
  • Showcase strong communication skills: Harvard University looks for the applicants who can communicate effectively and show the ability to think analytically and critically
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development: The university looks for applicants who are committed to professional development and have a plan for their own growth and development

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