Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Clinical Spotlight

Legal assistance for refugees in Israel

February 17, 2017

By Hannah Belitz, J.D. '17—I spent this January term interning at HIAS in Israel, an international nonprofit that assists and protects refugees; it was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Remedying segregation at historically black colleges and universities in Maryland

February 17, 2017

By Peter Im, J.D. '18—I spent J-term at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at a federal bench trial about remedying unconstitutional segregation at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Maryland.

A wonderful clinical experience with the National Health Law Program

February 17, 2017

By Amanda Brown-Inz, J.D. '17—This January, I interned at the National Health Law Program, a public interest organization in Los Angeles that focuses on access to health care for low-income and underserved populations, and specialized issues such as reproductive rights and opioid addiction.

My winter term working on criminal appeals

February 17, 2017

By Isaac Gelbfish, J.D. '17—During J-term 2017 I interned at the Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB) of the Legal Aid-Society, New York City's largest public defender office. I was fortunate to have amazing supervisors and had the opportunity to work on a number of criminal appeals.

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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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