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LL.M. students are invited to apply to participate in a range of clinical opportunities at Harvard Law School. Clinics provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice legal skills, under the supervision of experienced attorneys, through 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.

LL.M. Clinical Application

If you are interested in applying to a clinic as part of our general clinical application process, you must submit an online application by August 3, 2015, 5 pm (EST). 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.

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.

Student Resources

There are many resources available for you to learn about clinics, including:

  • Clinical evaluations in HELIOS (View previous clinical student evaluations by clicking on “Your Public Service and Clinical Practice”in the left-hand navigation. Filter results by “clinic” at the top of the page to narrow the clinical evaluation search.)
  • Learning the Law | Serving the World Blog (Read student reflections and stories about the various clinics.)


For questions about the clinical application process please contact Maggie Bay.
For questions about the New York Pro Bono Requirement as well as general questions about the clinical program please contact Sheryl Dickey.