The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips and projects with legal organizations in the Boston area and across the United States. OCP has funded the trips since 2005 when students went to New Orleans to assist families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
This year trips will run March 10-18.
There is a limited amount of funding available for administrative costs and student travel. Our goal is to fund as many students as possible for valuable learning and service experiences. Students may need to contribute to airfare or other transportation costs depending on final numbers of student participants. Each trip must have more than one student participant and a student leader. Typically students engage in pro bono service for a minimum of five days within that period.
2018 Pro Bono Projects
Spring 2017 Break Projects
This past academic year, 41 students chose to spend their spring break traveling across the U.S. and Mexico to provide legal services to communities in need. Within the U.S. students worked with the Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA) in Chicago, IL, assisting with the operations of CALA’s intakes clinics; with American Gateways in San Antonio, TX, assisting pro se clients at the Pearsall Detention Center; and with the Promise of Justice Initiative in New Orleans, LA, assisting with hands-on trial preparation work, including researching and writing time-sensitive motions. This year, a group of students also traveled to Mexico, to help migrant workers file their required federal tax returns. Locally, students also worked at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, the Greater Boston Legal Services, and at the law school’s own Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program.