Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Natural Disaster Response

Legal Assistance: The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is working with lawyers in areas affected by recent hurricanes and natural disasters to coordinate efforts in providing legal assistance to those in need. If you are interested in volunteering, are already involved, or have ideas, please contact Lee Mestre at lmestre@law.harvard.edu.

Additional Support: Please see links on the right for additional support services and ways to help.

Clinical & Pro Bono Programs

  • In-House Clinics

    Hands-On Learning

    In-House Clinics

    Hands-On Learning

    There are 18 In-house clinics taught by 15 Clinical Professors of Law and more than 60 Clinical Instructors and Lecturers on Law. Each clinic is tied to a classroom component, in which clinical experiences supplement and contribute to further discussion.
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    Explore the Clinics
  • Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements

    Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements

    There are 12 Externships taught by faculty and experienced attorneys who are experts in their field. Students are placed at government agencies and organizations across the U.S. and supplement that experience through a required course component.
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    Explore the Clinics
  • Independent
    Clinical Program

    Set up your own clinical placement

    Independent
    Clinical Program

    Set up your own clinical placement

    The Independent Clinical Program is designed to provide students an opportunity to be entrepreneurial and design a custom placement - in U.S. and abroad - that will meet their individualized learning goals.
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    Explore the Program
  • Continuing
    Clinical Program

    Continue your clinical work into a new semester

    Continuing
    Clinical Program

    Continue your clinical work into a new semester

    With approval of the clinic, the Continuing Clinical Program allows a student to continue their clinical work into subsequent semesters and across academic years.
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    Explore the Program
  • Student Practice Organizations

    Ability to gain practical legal experience for pro bono credit only

    Student Practice Organizations

    Ability to gain practical legal experience for pro bono credit only

    While students do not receive academic credit for participating in SPOs, their hours can count towards the 50-hour pro bono graduation requirement starting first day of classes, 1L year.
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    Explore the SPOs
  • Accessibility Resources

    For Clinical and SPO Students

    Accessibility Resources

    For Clinical and SPO Students

    Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. Students who need accessibility resources in order to participate in clinics and student practice organizations should contact the Dean of Students Office.
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    Connect to Resources

Clinical Spotlight

Clinic alumnae wins International ‘Outstanding Young Lawyer’ Award

October 23, 2017

From The Gleaner—In 2016, Malene decided to pursue an LLM at Harvard, but she maintained a close connection to human rights practice through her work with the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.

Harvard Law students honored for their pro bono service hours

October 23, 2017

The recognition is presented annually to law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel offices, government attorney offices, non-profit organizations, law school faculties, and law students who certify that, in the calendar year of 2016, they have contributed at least 50 hours of legal services without receiving pay or academic credit.

HIRC requests hearing on Canada’s treatment of refugees from Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

October 19, 2017

From Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program—The clinic filed a request for a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss the human rights situation of refugee claimants under the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States.

The Justice Gap

October 19, 2017

From Harvard Magazine—Almost a century ago, a young Boston lawyer named Reginald Heber Smith published a landmark book called Justice and the Poor. It was about how people struggling economically were faring in the American legal system and why American lawyers needed to provide them with free legal aid.