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Harvard Law School to accept college juniors

Posted by Your Town  May 15, 2013 05:12 PM

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Harvard Law School announced that it will accept students in the Harvard College Class of 2015 for its deferred admissions program for juniors.

Jessica Soban, assistant dean and chief admissions officer for the law school, said today that the program, which is one of the first of its kind, will launch as a pilot. She said it could evolve to include juniors at other universities.

Soban said the students will be admitted at the end of their junior year, and their acceptances will automatically be deferred until two years after graduation. She said the motivation is for students to gain experience before they pursue additional education.

“We want them to form those connections and networks before they even get into law school,” she said.

The Harvard Crimson compared the initiative to the 2+2 Program at the Harvard Business School, which launched in 2007. Students apply as juniors, and then spend two years working, followed by the two-year MBA program.

Soban said that Harvard Law School hopes to explore a number of options with the accepted students, such as working in business, public service, or computer science.

“Given the growing complexity to become a leader in the profession, you need a whole variety of experience,” Soban said.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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