Getting Into Harvard Law With Kristi Jobson: Chief Admissions Officer at HLS

Getting Into Harvard Law With Kristi Jobson: Chief Admissions Officer at HLS

In The Legal Level's 50th Episode, Jelena & Branden chat with Kristi Jobson, the Chief Admissions Officer at Harvard Law School.

Show notes

If you want to get into Harvard Law, take a seat. Jelena & Branden chat with Kristi Jobson, a former HLS student, attorney, and currently the Assistant Dean of Admissions and the Chief Admissions Officer at Harvard Law School.

Jobson humanizes the admissions process for our listeners and reveals what she’s looking for in future students. And if crimson red isn’t for you . . . I’d still be writing this down. Some of these dos and don’ts might surprise you. But take Kristi’s word for it . . . who knows, maybe YOUR application could be the next one on her desk.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. About the most common misconceptions in the application process
  2. What one thing Jobson wish she knew when applying to law school
  3. If Harvard cares about your P/F classes
  4. How admissions changed during the pandemic
  5. Which part of the application Jobson would change

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


Kristi Jobson

Kristi Jobson

Kristi Jobson ’12 is the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Chief Admissions Officer. Kristi graduated from Harvard College and taught in New York City as a Teach For America corps member. As a student at HLS, Kristi participated in the Board of Student Advisers and the Women’s Law Association, served as a research assistant to faculty, and led the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender as co-Editor-in-Chief. Following graduation, she clerked for judges sitting on state and federal courts in Boston. Prior to joining the J.D. Admissions Office, Kristi was an associate at Ropes & Gray, litigating shareholder actions and complex commercial disputes. She also maintained an active pro bono practice, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Kristi enjoys podcasts, Spotify playlists, long-form journalism, and group texts with her law school friends.

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