Harvard Law School Clinics provide students with hands-on legal experience under the supervision of attorneys who are not only great practitioners but also trained in individually educating and mentoring students. With clinical placements in more than 30 areas of the law, in both public and private sectors, and the opportunity for students to create their own independent projects, HLS offers more clinical opportunities than any law school in the world.
Through their participation in clinics, students gain a wide range of skills, including interviewing, counseling, and advising clients; representing clients in court; conducting legal writing and research; investigating and analyzing facts; drafting policy; developing negotiation skills; and collaborating with other students and attorneys. Please read Clinics at a Glance to learn more about the different clinics.
Clinics are open to 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students (1L students can participate in Student Practice Organizations). Students are enrolled in a related course for academic credit and receive clinical credit for the practice component. Most clinics fulfill the Pro Bono Graduation Requirement.