HLS strongly promotes public service. The school guarantees funding for summer public interest work, and over 480 JD students received funds to work throughout the United States and in 44 foreign countries in 2014. The Office of Public Interest Advising provides comprehensive services to students pursuing public service careers. The Low Income Protection Plan allows graduates substantial financial flexibility to pursue lower-paying employment, and a variety of fellowship programs provide additional support to graduates entering public service. Reflecting its public service commitment, HLS has a 50-hour minimum pro bono work requirement, with students actually completing an average of 600 hours of pro bono work during law school.
Public Service News
In honor of Harvard Law School’s bicentennial, in October the Harvard Law Review published a collection of six articles exploring Harvard’s contribution to the development of the law, and how that history will shape the future of the law in theory and practice.
Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic Professor Chris Bavitz discusses some of the concerns and opportunities of risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform efforts, and the Berkman Klein Center's work on Ethics and Governance of AI initiative in partnership with the MIT Media Lab.
Mentorships between Harvard Law School professors and the students who followed them into academia have taken many forms over the course of two centuries.
John Manning ’85 on getting advice, giving it and “doing disagreement right.”
Julian SpearChief-Morris is the first indigenous student to head Harvard Law School’s Legal Aid Bureau
Julian SpearChief-Morris ’17 is the first indigenous student to lead the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, marking his place in the storied history of the bureau which was founded in 1913 to provide legal services to low-income clients in the Boston area.