Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Clinical Spotlight

Mana Azarmi wins CLEA’s Outstanding Clinical Student Award

May 22, 2017

From Harvard Law Today—Mana Azarmi ’17 is the winner of the Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

‘When we’re needed, we’ll show up’

May 22, 2017

From the Harvard Law Bulletin—It began with the stroke of a pen: President Donald Trump’s signature on a January executive order banned entry into the U.S. by people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Travelers were detained at airports. Students were unable to return to their schools.

A disarming leader: Bonnie Docherty recognized for contributions to human rights, clinical community

May 22, 2017

From the International Human Rights Clinic—When Nicolette Boehland, JD ’13, began the daunting work of documenting torture and mass hangings in a Syrian prison, she was prepared. She knew how to interview survivors of trauma.

Coding for Justice

May 22, 2017

From the Harvard Law Bulletin—It takes a lot of preparation to rev up a new case. That’s true in all law offices, including Harvard’s legal clinics. As a clinical law student who was cross-enrolled in an undergraduate computer science course, Jeffrey Roderick ’17 wondered whether he could streamline the process through technology.

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

    Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements

    There are 13 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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