A Look At Harvard Law’s Class of 2021

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A Look At Harvard Law’s Class of 2021

Harvard Law School has welcomed its newest class of students.

The class of 2021 was officially welcomed to campus on August 27.

The Class Makeup

In total, this year’s class consists of 550 students, with 22 countries featured in the class. Overall, 1Ls hail from 173 undergraduate program, with 11% of the class holding advanced degrees as well. Even more, just 18% of the class came directly to Harvard Law from undergraduate, meaning the Class of 2021 brings a healthy dose of real world experience to the mix.

Six days earlier, Harvard Law also welcomed the LL.Ms, international exchange students and S.J.Ds to campus. Like past classes, this segment is highly accomplished. According to the school, 75% of this segment has either spent two years in a professional or teaching setting or completed advanced studies. Additionally, this year’s class features, in the school’s words, “current and former judges, prosecutors, a magistrate, a police superintendent, two active-duty US Navy JAG officers, 20 Fulbright scholars, and 18 Supreme Court or Constitutional Court clerks.”

Word Of Advice: Listen

Dean John F. Manning personally welcomed both groups by offering some words of advice. Manning, who attended Harvard Law 35 years ago, advised students to seek out mentors, connect with faculty, and ask questions.

“You’re not here for what you know already,” he said. “You’re here to learn what you don’t know.”

Manning also suggested students keep an open ear to those who don’t share the same opinions. Those who are able to listen to the other side, he says, often make for the best lawyers.

“Only by understanding the strengths in your opponents’ arguments will you be able to see the weaknesses in your own positions, the vulnerabilities in your own positions, and the best way to address them,” Manning said.

Sources: Harvard Law Today, Harvard Law Today