Getting into Harvard undergrad or Harvard Law or Business? Both are hard but not as hard as you may think. People think that getting into schools like Harvard, Yale, Oxford, or the LSE are really hard but not necessarily so. Yale undergrad and Oxford is excruciatingly hard to get into but the rewards are immense. Harvard is trickier. Harvard is also hard to get into but the trick with Harvard is that Harvard likes leaders and known to develop leaders, so while Yale takes people who want to change the world and develops them to do so. Harvard is radically different, it prepares its students to be leaders in the real world. So while Yale and Harvard can get into the same places the schools and student bodies are very different even if the faculty or geography isn't. Getting into Harvard does require a top GPA and test scores, however, since Harvard likes leaders it has the rep of taking almost any valedictorian from all kinds of high school. So if you went to a challenging high school took a bunch of AP and honors classes and finished in the top 10% of your class you may stand less of a chance of getting into Harvard than a student who was number 1 in his/her class from a much lesser school. So to get into I Harvard I recommend getting the GPA and test scores down and then being a leader in 1-3 activities that real meaning. Having an interesting high school job helps or being an athlete will also help. Now as far as law school, Harvard is great especially you want to be in the private sector, but Yale Law is just a way better school for almost anything law. Law Schools that compare to Harvard would Stanford, NyU, and Columbia. In all honesty, I went to NYY Law and practiced with a number of lawyers from NYU and Columbia so I have favorable impressions of those schools from my academic and professional experience. Every person I know who went to Stanford, undergrad, law, medicine, or business are exceptional people as well as good at what they do. Lawyers from Harvard are good, but I think going to law school at NYU or Columbia is better value, you are right there in NYC, it makes clerking and interviewing easier and there a ton of NYC law grads in NYC practicing. So if you go to NYU or Columbia law you also meeting other lawyers in NYC during your time and grads from schools like Fordham, Cardozo, and Brooklyn. Going to NYU or Columbia will help you build out your network and do it faster. For undergrad, if I had to do it all over again, I would have applied to to the London School of Economics or Princeton early decision and then the University of Pennsylvania regular decision. I see Harvard as a great school that will get you places but to me it is more of a status symbol. Other Ivy League schools will get you to the same places as will Stanford and LSE and they will be substantially easier to get into. Harvard is great, but remember that billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard and billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones passed on Harvard business. Harvard is great but dont' get upset if you don't get in, there are plenty of other options that in my opinion could be better.