Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

2017-18 Clinical Registration

To learn about the work that students do in the clinics, you can contact current and former clinical students, listen to ClinicTalks podcasts, and read evaluations from past clinical students on Helios. You can also review the clinical checklist, curriculum chart, and registration handbook to learn details about credits, pre- and co-requisites courses, and drop deadlines.

Registration Deadlines:

Starts: Wednesday, March 29th @ 9:00 am
Ends: Thursday, March 30th @ 5:00 pm
Results Released: Monday, April 3 by 5:00 pm

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Clinical Spotlight

New Clinic: Democracy and the Rule of Law Clinic

March 24, 2017

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is announcing a new clinic, Democracy and the Rule of Law Clinic. Please visit the clinic webpage and read the course catalog description for more information.

Reflecting on my work with the Food Law and Policy Clinic

March 24, 2017

By Drake Carden, J.D. '17—I have always taken an interest in food and how our food system operates, but had not done anything pertinent to the field outside of some light reading and Netflix documentary binge-watching.

Learning how to be a lawyer at the Criminal Justice System

March 24, 2017

By Kathryn Yukevich, J.D. '17—In my year with the Criminal Justice Institute, I have seen that the people who work within the criminal justice system have the power to make the system less harsh and less unfeeling.

Reflection on the Federal Tax Clinic

March 24, 2017

By Jimin He, J.D. '17—My two semesters at the Federal Tax Clinic have been a humbling experience. Unlike my clients, who hover around the poverty line and have incurred significant tax liabilities relative to their income, financial security is never truly a pressing concern in my day-to-day life.

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 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