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Submit Weekly Reflections

A basic premise of clinical legal education is that learning comes about through the self-conscious application of reflection to actual experience. There will be many opportunities for reflection during the implementation of the project. To learn experientially, you must be an active participant and observer of the concrete experiences at your placement and reflect on these observations and experiences. All students are required to submit the following:

Students must submit weekly reflections via email to their Faculty Sponsor and to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs at These reflections will not be shared with Supervising Attorneys. Emails should contain a discussion of the work performed (without revealing privileged or confidential information) together with a reflection about the experience. The weekly reflection essays, academic paper, and supervisor’s evaluation will determine the final grade as credit/fail.

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Submit Final Academic Paper

A 15 page double-spaced academic paper is due to the Faculty Sponsor and Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs at the end of the placement. This cannot be a reflection paper, nor can it be work product produced during a placement. It must include some original research and an analysis of policy or practice related to the work of the student or placement organization. The final paper will not be shared with Supervising Attorneys unless students give permission.

Paper Submission Deadlines

Fall 2016: December 5 (midnight)
Winter 2017: April 21 (midnight)
Spring 2017: April 21 (midnight)

Ethical and Professional Responsibilities

comply with ETHICAL RULES

Students must comply with the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct in the jurisdiction in which the student is engaged in an independent clinical.


Students are obligated to preserve client confidentiality under the Rules of Professional Conduct.  Students must pay particular attention to client confidentiality when submitting progress reports, final papers, and evaluations, and must make sure that they do not reveal client or organizational confidences, including any identifying information or case strategy.


Before finalizing any placement, discuss any potential conflicts of interest with your supervisor, including any prior knowledge of the client or matter and any legal work you may have accomplished on behalf of an opposing or related party.


You are expected to provide competent legal work and/or representation under the supervision of your supervising attorney.  Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary for the legal work and/or representation. If any personal or academic problems arise, you must be sure to coordinate with your supervisor to manage the problem and ensure the client’s matter is addressed appropriately with the highest level of professionalism.


Students must avoid holding themselves out as representatives of Harvard Law School when representing or communicating with individual clients or with outside organizations. While it may be appropriate for a student to say that he/she attends HLS, he/she should identify themselves as a law student/legal intern of their placement organization. It is not appropriate or accurate to suggest to a client that he or she is being represented by Harvard Law School or Harvard University. Students must understand that their work does not reflect the judgment or opinions of Harvard Law School and that Harvard Law School does not direct or supervise their project.