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“The bet made by commitments to the rule of law and to democracy is that we can use reason and participatory institutions to govern diverse and often contentious individuals and groups. That bet cannot prevail without cultivation of leaders who set the example for civil and curious engagement across all kinds of divides’€” be they defined by race, region, class, language, political party, gender, viewpoint,  ideology, or other signifiers of difference. Modeling and cultivating honest and engaged discussion across lines of difference is not only our best practice. It is our commitment to make good on the privileges that the Harvard Law School enjoys, reflects, and bestows.”

Martha Minow
Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor
Harvard Law School

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Harvard Law School’€™s diverse student body is drawn from across the nation and around the world. The Dean of Students Office (DOS) supports, advises, and advocates for Harvard Law students on a range of issues including issues related to race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and socioeconomic status.

President Faust has noted that for most students, faculty, and staff, Harvard is the most diverse community they will ever encounter, “€œOur differences are the foundation of our greatest strength, enabling each of us to grow beyond who we could be alone. That is the ideal of the symphony. The orchestra would not sound nearly so good if it was just made up of 100 oboes… “However, it is not something that just happens without effort, without practice, without difficulties. It is a commitment. It requires work.”

DOS supports activities throughout the year including activities which promote, examine, and celebrate diversity. Students are encouraged to visit our office to discuss ways that the office can be of assistance.

The following is a list of Law School, University and outside resources that are organized alphabetically and by location. Students who have a question or who are seeking resources not included below are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office.

HLS Student Affinity Organizations:

African Law Association
Armed Forces Association (formerly the Veteran’s Association)
Asia Law Society
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Chinese-American Law Students Association
European Law Association
Group of Elder Law Students
International JD Society
Korean Association of Harvard Law School
La Alianza

Middle East Law Students Association
Muslim Law Students Association
Native American Law Students Association
South Asian Law Students Association
Students for Inclusion

Women’s Law Association

University Resources:

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Harvard University Diversity and Inclusion Resources
HLS  Accessibility

Local/State Resources:

Asian-American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Massachusetts Association Hispanic Attorneys
Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts

National Resources & Organizations:

American Bar Association
ABA Laws Student Division
ABA’s Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
ABA’s Commission on Women
American Indian Law Center
Hispanic National Bar Association
International Bar Association
Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Association of Muslim Lawyers
National Black Law Students Association
National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
National Native American Bar Association
National Native American Law Students Association
National Women’s Law Center
Native American Rights Fund
Puerto Rican Bar Association
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

The information on this page has been researched and provided by the Dean of Students Office at HLS. If you find that any of this information is no longer current, or if you have a question, please contact the Dean of Students Office.