How to Sponsor a Student
We welcome your interest in having Harvard Law students work at your organization. If you are getting in touch with us for the first time, please submit to us the New Organization Form and learn how to Post a Position through our Helios website. We’ll work with you to find the most suitable arrangement that meets your needs and complies with law school and ABA guidelines for students.
- All clinical or pro bono work done by students must be supervised by a licensed attorney.
- Students cannot receive monetary compensation for their pro bono or clinical work during the academic year.
- Work must be pro bono or public interest focused.
- The student’s work must be law-related and involve the application or interpretation of law, formulation of legal policy, or drafting of legislation or regulations. Students should not do clerical or fundraising work. Eligible tasks include: assisting an attorney at a trial, client and witness interviewing and investigation, drafting documents, assisting pro se litigants in court, community legal education, research and writing, or policy analysis.
- Students are in exams in December and mid-April. Please keep the Clinical Calendar and the Harvard Law School Academic Calendar in mind when working with them. Although we strive to provide a good match for students and organizations, we cannot guarantee that students will be available for or interested in all approved and advertised projects.
About Pro Bono Placements
- HLS requires J.D students to perform at least 50 hours of unpaid legal work for nonprofit, governmental agency or law firm (working solely on pro bono matters).
- Pro Bono Projects are best for timely matters that need immediate and short-term assistance, one-time events, or research and writing that can be done off-site.
- If we approve your pro bono project, we will advertise the opportunity to students who will contact you directly to discuss the assignment, hours required, and work schedule.
About Clinical Placements
- Clinical placements may be a good choice if your organization can host a student on-site with a workload that will fulfill the student’s weekly/ hourly work commitment.
- Students are allowed to earn academic credit for work with nonprofits and governmental agencies for legal work performed.
- During Fall and Spring terms, students have the option to choose their weekly/ hourly commitment, depending on their class and other extra-curricular commitments. They may choose between 8, 12, 16, or 20 hours per week. During winter term, which is held in January, for approximately three weeks, students are required to work full-time.
- Students may also be enrolled in a related subject matter course.
- Supervisors are asked to complete written evaluations of student performance.