Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

26

Areas of the law where Harvard Law School offers clinical placements.

50

The number of pro bono hours required of students before graduation.

75%

Of the Class of 2016 participated in clinics.

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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  • Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements at government agencies and organizations across the United States.

    Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements at government agencies and organizations across the United States.

    Externships are taught by faculty and experienced attorneys who are experts in their field. Students are placed at 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 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

    An opportunity for students to gain practical legal experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

    Student Practice Organizations

    An opportunity for students to gain practical legal experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

    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

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