Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

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By Permission: This clinic and its course require permission of the instructor. Enrollment is through an application process.
Application Deadline: August 17, 2012.
Early Add/Drop Deadline: December 7, 2012.
Co-requisite Class: Government Lawyer Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar (3 Spring credits).
Multi-Term: Winter-Spring clinic (2 Winter credits + 6 Spring credits).
LLM Students: Since this clinic requires a semester away, LLM students are not eligible to enroll.

Students spend the entire Winter and Spring terms (except for Spring break) in Washington, D.C. working as legal interns in a variety of federal offices while taking an evening course on government lawyering. Students are required to work 40 hours per week in the Winter, and at least 30 hours a week in the Spring semester. Clinical work exposes students to the distinct forms of lawyering practiced by government attorneys in diverse policy positions in the federal government. Placements are principally in federal government offices where lawyers conduct research and provide legal advice and assistance on policy, legislative or regulatory matters, rather than investigating and litigating cases. Placements in past years have included the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the Departments of Justice and State, the White House Counsel's Office, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Federal Communications Commission. Placements are coordinated by the clinic director, Jonathan Wroblewski, in consultation with students. Students who are admitted to the clinic will meet individually with the clinic director to discuss their areas of interest and placement possibilities. Every effort will be made to provide a placement to meet each student's interest, but students who are accepted in the clinic may need to commit to the Semester in Washington Clinic prior to confirmation of a definite placement. During the clinic, the director will meet one-on-one with students on a periodic basis to discuss their ongoing work experience and progress.

Given the nature of government office hiring and the timing of security clearances it is possible that placements may not be finalized until after you commit to this clinic. We make every effort to place students in your interest area, but your decision to take the Semester in Washington Clinic may have to be made before you know your final placement.

This listing is for the Winter-Spring clinic. There is also a separate Spring only clinic option.

To get an inside view of the Program, students may access the Semester in Washington iSite, which contains detailed information about last year's syllabus, course requirements, events, funding, housing, placements, etc.

Enrollment is by application only, and limited to 2L and 3L students. Students must be enrolled full-time at Harvard Law School in 2011-2012 to apply. Interested students can apply by submitting an application form, current resume, academic transcript, and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages. Apply through an online application form by August 17, 2012.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function , Procedure & Practice .