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Plan Ahead!
In the project proposal, students should outline their specific responsibilities during the placement in as much detail as possible, along with the various activities they will be involved in. Students should incorporate feedback they have received from their OCP advisor, their faculty sponsor, and placement supervisor. The more thought students puts into the planning of their work, the more likely they will be to have a rich learning experience and a successful placement.

OCP provides limited domestic funding to selected students who have proposed the most well-constructed, realistic independent clinical projects during the Winter Term.  Learn More

Application Deadlines

Fall 2017: August 29, 2017 (midnight)
Winter 2018: October 31, 2017 (midnight)
Spring 2018: January 12, 2018 (midnight)

Submit an Application

First Gather your forms

Incomplete applications will not be considered until all the necessary parts are submitted. Projects submitted after the deadline will also not be considered. You will need to attach the following forms to the online application.

  1. Resume
  2. HLS Unofficial Transcript
  3. Detailed project description (at least one full page) including specific responsibilities and activities during the placement
  4. Faculty Sponsor Form
  5. Supervising Attorney Form
  6. Student Responsibilties Form
  7. Domestic: Assumption of Risk and General Release Form
    If placement is within the U.S. but outside of the Greater Boston area (outside of 495)
  8. International: Assumption of Risk and General Release Form – If placement is abroad
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

If you are an HLAB student you must also submit the HLAB Supplemental Approval Form.

Human Subject Research

If your independent clinical project involves human subject research please review the Guidelines from the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects. Research is broadly defined, and it is essential to determine the need for review by the Committee well in advance of the due date, as seeking necessary approvals can be very time consuming. The Law School liaison at the Committee can assist the student to determine whether the project requires review, and assist with the committee process.

Once you have all your forms

Submit Independent Clinical Application

Review Criteria

OCP approves applications based on the strength of the proposed project and the appropriateness of the placement as an educational opportunity.  Applications from students who are currently enrolled in or have completed an existing HLS clinic or externship, or who have substantial experience in the area of law that is the focus of the project, will be given preference. Applications from students who do not meet these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students may be denied approval if his/her application is incomplete or the project is not deemed appropriate for academic credit.