LL.M. students are invited to apply to participate in a range of clinical opportunities. Clinics provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice legal skills, under the supervision of experienced attorneys, by representing real clients. Students earn academic credit while working in a clinic and take a class that teaches the related substantive law and skills. Clinical work varies but typically includes one or more of the following: direct representation, research into the application or interpretation of law, the formulation of legal policy, the drafting of legislation or regulations, or legal advocacy. Clinics may be in-house (internal to HLS with an on-campus office) or externship placements with independent organizations outside of Harvard Law School.
How to Apply
Review Application Instructions
Please review the instructions below before submitting the application. While there are many opportunities, please know that the clinics are in high demand by students, and only some of the students who apply to participate will be invited to join the individual clinics.
Submit Application by August 1, 2017
If you are interested in applying to a clinic as part of the general clinical application process, you must submit an online application.
Tools and Resources
In this section, you’ll find many resources to help you learn about clinics. For example, in Helios, you can read previous clinical student evaluations by clicking on “Your Public Service and Clinical Practice” menu in the left-hand navigation and filter results by “clinic” at the top of the page to narrow the search results. You can also read our blog, which features students’ experiences in the clinics and listen to the ClinicTalks podcast series.
Clinical Podcasts: Learn more about each clinic
Student Practice Organizations
After you begin your program in August, you can also participate in other not-for-credit pro bono opportunities, outside of the clinical program, including opportunities on-campus with Student Practice Organizations and pro bono placements with outside community organizations, in which you can assist with the provision of free legal services to those in need. You do not need to register for these opportunities because they are not offered for academic credit. If you are interested in not-for-credit pro bono work, look out for announcements this fall about the full range of pro bono opportunities.
Students engage in these opportunities because they would like to serve the community and are interested in gaining practical experience. Students who are also seeking pro bono opportunities to fulfill the New York State Bar pro bono requirement, as set out in Rule 520.16, should note that some – but not necessarily all – of the work done by the SPOs may qualify for the requirement. LL.M.s should review the NY Pro Bono Requirement carefully to determine if the specific pro bono work that they are engaged in with an SPO meets the requirements of Rule 520.16.