Harvard Law to open deferral program to other colleges and universities nationwide

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A Harvard Law School deferral program that accepts applications from juniors at the college will be offered to students at other colleges and universities nationwide starting this fall.

The program, which began in 2014, is conditional on applicants putting off law school enrollment for at least two years if accepted, the Harvard Crimson reports.

“By offering admission to the most promising college juniors, we can encourage them to pursue important and fulfilling experiences without concerns about effects on a later application to law school,” Martha L. Minow, Harvard Law’s dean, wrote in a press release.

Applications to the law school have reportedly decreased by 14 percent in recent years, and in March the school announced it would be accepting the Graduate Record Examination as an entrance test in lieu of the Law School Admissions Test. It’s been suggested that the move was meant to draw more foreign students, who took the GRE because they plan to study science or math.

The deferral program appears to be interested in attracting students from outside the United States, as well.

“We will be engaging in active outreach both to the pre-law advisors and to college campuses, not just in the U.S. but in universities around the world, to explain how to think about this program and how to decide whether this is right for you as an applicant,” Jessica L. Soban, the law school’s chief admissions officer, told the Crimson.

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