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Programming Policies for Student Organizations

I. For programs related to:

  • Recruiting/Job Search/On-Campus Interviewing
  • Interviewing and Networking Skills
  • Professional Development and On-the-Job Issues
  • On-Campus Networking Receptions

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Employers coming on campus to speak on these topics shall do so only through an OCS and/or OPIA organized event.  Student groups may suggest additional programs on these topics with OCS and/or OPIA; OCS and/or OPIA may choose to work with a student group to organize additional events on these topics.

This restriction does not apply to student-only events (e.g., where 2Ls/3Ls give advice to 1Ls with no firm or organizational involvement). However, when planning such events, student groups must (1) notify OCS and OPIA about the scope and content of the program prior to scheduling the event; (2) avoid conflicts with previously scheduled OCS and/or OPIA events; and (3) use best efforts to avoid duplication of programs offered by OCS, OPIA, and/or other student groups.

For OPIA, please contact Renay Frankel at rfrankel@law.harvard.edu. For OCS, please email Jason McCann at jmccann@law.harvard.edu.

II. FOR PROGRAMS RELATED TO:

  • Practice Areas
  • Practice Settings
  • Practice Trends/Current Events
  • Diversity Issues in the Legal Profession
  • The Judiciary / Judicial Clerkships

Student groups must inform their OCS and/or OPIA liaison by email in advance of any plans for a program, to avoid duplication of efforts or conflicts, stating (1) the firms/organizations involved, and (2) the title/subject matter of the program. OCS and OPIA Co-Sponsorship: OCS/OPIA do not cosponsor or provide funding for events organized by student groups. If you have an idea for an event and would like to collaborate with OCS or OPIA to develop a program, contact OCS or OPIA well in advance of the event, preferably before the relevant semester begins.

OCS and OPIA Publicity: OPIA will advertise events organized by student groups in the weekly OPIA email sent out each Sunday during the academic year. Information about an event must be provided to OPIA ten business days prior to the date of the event. OCS will advertise events organized by student groups in the weekly Hire Ground blog posts that are posted each Thursday. Information about an event must be provided to OCS ten business days prior to the date of the event. Student organizations must provide the following information to OCS and/or OPIA via email (at ocs@law.harvard.edu or opia@law.harvard.edu): (a) title of the event, (b) link to Harvard events calendar, (c) date, time and location of event, and (d) one sentence summary of event. Note that neither OCS nor OPIA will advertise any events that conflict with the timing of an OCS or OPIA event.

III. FOR off-campus PROGRAMS and events:

  • Student groups may not organize off-campus events on topics identified in Section I, including employer receptions and mixers. Excluded from this prohibition are programs that are open exclusively to group members and events that are marketed exclusively as job fairs.
  • Student groups may organize off-campus events on topics identified in Section II.  Students are not required to seek OCS/OPIA approval, but are required to notify OCS and/or OPIA in advance of such events.