Harvard Law School has 11 Student Practice Organizations (SPOs) providing opportunities for students to gain practical legal experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney. While students do not receive academic credit for participating in SPOs, their 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.
Student Practice Organizations are run by a student board, where 2L and 3L students assume leadership positions. Everyone, including LL.M. students, are welcomed and encouraged to participate in SPO practice.
At a Glance
Application Information & Deadlines for 2016
Student Practice Organizations host information sessions at the beginning of each fall 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.
Information for SPO Leaders
A wealth of resources is available to students running Student Practice Organizations. In this section you can find information on policies, budget, technology, and more.