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.
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; and challenging students to delve into subject matter related to their independent clinical placement through researching and writing a faculty-supervised paper.
For Fall and Spring terms, students receive 2 clinical credits for 10 hours of work per week.
Over Winter Term, students receive 2 credits and must work full time (40 hours per week). This intensive schedule is necessary for students to attain an equivalent number of clinical hours that they would perform in the Fall or Spring semesters (a minimum of 120 hours).
Fall 2015: September 3, 2015 (midnight)
Winter 2016: November 2, 2015 (midnight)
Spring 2016: January 16, 2016 (midnight)