Students who enroll in this clinic may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Co-requisite Class: Advanced Clinical Practice (1 Fall credit + 1 Spring credit). Clinic and class enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. clinic) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. class).
Pre-requisite: Evidence. Students must enroll in Evidence separately from the clinic enrollment (there is no clinic preference or priority to enroll in Evidence).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: TBD
Multi-Term: Fall-Spring clinic (3 Fall credits + 3 Spring credits)
3L HLAB Members only
The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is a student-run organization composed of approximately 50 second and third year Harvard Law School students who provide free civil legal services to a diverse population of low-income clients in the Greater Boston area. Students are supervised by practicing attorneys, each with extensive public interest and private practice experience, who train students, accompany them to court, provide strategic advice, and assist in case management. The Bureau specializes in four major areas of practice: housing law, including evictions from public and private apartments; family law, including divorce, child custody, paternity, visitation, and support issues; government benefits law, including appeals of the denial or termination of unemployment or social security disability benefits; and fair wage law, including nonpayment or underpayment of wages. Because the Bureau is student-run, students take the lead in setting organizational policy and exploring new potential practice areas. Enrollment is by application during the Spring of the student's 1L year; participants commit to at least 20 hours per week of clinic work for the following two academic years.
Clinic grading is Credit/Fail.