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The Independent Clinical Program is designed for students who are interested in a specialized area of the law or field of practice that is not currently offered in Harvard Law School’s existing clinical curriculum. Students may do an independent clinical project in the Fall, Winter, or Spring term, working with organizations throughout the United States and around the world. A number of students take the opportunity to work away from campus during the Winter term. Students doing an independent clinical project during winter term receive 2 clinical credits.

The educational goals of this program include:

→ Providing students an opportunity to be entrepreneurial and design a custom placement that will meet their individualized learning goals;
→ Giving students an opportunity to engage in and reflect on legal work in a community placement;
→ Challenging students to delve into subject matter related to their independent clinical placement through researching and writing a faculty-supervised paper.

Students apply to participate in the independent clinical program by submitting an application which includes a project proposal, a faculty sponsor form, a supervising attorney form, and a proposed research paper topic.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2015: September 3, 2015 (midnight)
Winter 2016: November 2, 2015 (midnight)
Spring 2016: January 16, 2016 (midnight)

To Apply Follow the Steps Below