Student Practice Organizations (SPOs) are run by a student board and provide opportunities for practical legal experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
While students do not receive academic credit for volunteering with SPOs, their volunteer hours can count towards the 50-hour pro bono graduation requirement starting first day of classes, 1L year. For students who entered HLS prior to Fall 2015, the pro bono requirement is 40 hours, which are counted beginning in the Spring semester of the 1L year. 2L and 3L students assume leadership positions. Everyone, including LL.M. students are welcome and encouraged to participate in SPO practice.
Student Practice Organizations host information sessions at the beginning of each semester. Most (but not all) SPOs require an application and all SPOs require students to complete a training. Student responsibilities and time commitment requirements vary widely. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Practice Organization directly.
You can also learn more about the time commitment, application process and important dates and deadlines from the Fall 2015 Opportunities for Student Practice at a glance document and the Application Deadlines webpage.
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