Harvard Law School recently announced that beginning next year, it will use video conferencing programs to interview prospective students, rather than simply speaking with them over the phone as they did in the past. Jessica Soba, assistant dean and chief admissions officer of the school, said she feels this new system will give legal degree seekers a better chance to shine during the admissions process.
“The interviews will give applicants additional opportunities to present themselves, and also to engage with folks here and learn more about the school,” Soban said in a statement. “We expect that these face-to-face conversations will offer candidates a more personal and satisfying way to let the admissions office learn about their strengths.”
Harvard’s announcement highlights the growing use of video – whether live or pre-recorded – during the law school admissions process. At New York Law School, for example, students are encouraged to submit a four-minute video interview as a supplement to their application, the institution’s website states. Northwestern Law, on the other hand, encourages students to sit for an interview, and allows applicants to certain legal degree programs to do so using Skype or other video conferencing tools, according to its website.