Kristi Jobson ’12 joins HLS as chief admissions officer

Kristi Jobson

Credit: Ralph Vieux

Kristi Jobson ’12 has been appointed Harvard Law School’s assistant dean for admissions and chief admissions officer.

Jobson comes to Harvard Law School from Ropes & Gray, where she litigated shareholder actions and complex commercial disputes. She also maintained an active pro bono practice, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.

Jobson started working with the HLS Admissions office as an admissions reader in 2013, evaluating first-year and transfer applicants. She has also taught legal writing, research, and analysis in the HLS LL.M. program.

“Kristi Jobson brings to HLS a wonderful combination of private practice and pro bono experience, as well as deep connections to the HLS community,” said John F. Manning ’85, dean of Harvard Law School. “Kristi will be a superb leader of our Admissions office, and I’m so pleased to welcome her back to her alma mater.”

Jobson said, “I am delighted to return to Harvard to lead the admissions office. Harvard Law School is the most exciting and dynamic place in the world to study law, and I look forward to speaking with prospective students about the HLS experience.”

In her position as chief admissions officer, Jobson succeeds Jessica Soban ’07, who was recently elevated to the position of associate dean for strategic initiatives and admissions at HLS.

Jobson clerked for the Hon. Norman H. Stahl and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit; for the Hon. Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; and for the Hon. Cynthia J. Cohen of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

She is a 2006 graduate of Harvard College. Prior to attending HLS, Jobson was a teacher in New York City with Teach For America.