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Receptions are a great way for employers to connect with Harvard Law students. Employers have the option of holding receptions on the law school campus or off-site in Harvard Square and the surrounding neighborhoods of Cambridge.

Employers must receive OCS approval for any recruiting events targeted at Harvard Law students. OCS vets all Cambridge-area reception requests to ensure that the event will not conflict with other events that could impact attendance, including exam periods, OCS programs, student events, and other employer events. However, events may be scheduled by student groups or other departments after a reception is approved. In that case, we will notify you of potential conflicts at the earliest possible date.

In order to enhance student attendance at each event, no more than two employer receptions will be scheduled on the same evening in the Cambridge area. OCS reserves the right to decline a request for a second event if it is likely to significantly impact attendance.

Request A Date

Please reference the HLS Employer Receptions calendar below when selecting a date. The calendar details black-out dates and will include approved receptions on a rolling basis. We recommend scheduling receptions during the spring academic term, which begins on January 23. Receptions should take place in the evening, starting no earlier than 6 pm.

Please submit event requests in Symplicity under the Events tab on the left side navigation. If you do not have a Symplicity account, you are welcome to register for one.

Your event is not approved until you receive confirmation from OCS. Most requests are approved within 2 business days. Once your event is approved, please review the information below to make the appropriate reservations.

On-Campus Receptions

Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall is transforming student life and learning at Harvard Law School. Comprising approximately 250,000 square feet in the center of campus, this new complex is dramatically improving the teaching environment, providing new spaces for student activities, and significantly strengthening the learning community. Wasserstein Hall offers state-of-the-art facilities where employers can hold on-campus student receptions in the same building where most first year classes are held. In addition to traditional reception space, Wasserstein Hall also offers our on-campus pub as a possible event venue.

After receiving approval from OCS for your event, you are welcome to inquire about Wasserstein Hall reception space by completing an Event Inquiry Form and returning it to the Office of Event Scheduling & Support (OES) with a copy to OCS. Should you choose to host your event on-campus, we will provide more information regarding catering and audio visual support.

Off-Campus Receptions

Harvard Square and the surrounding areas offer a range of quality restaurants and venues from which to choose when hosting an off-campus event. To get you started, please consider the venues detailed on the map below. Clicking an icon will provide restaurant information, including website and phone number.


Whether your event is held on- or off-campus, OCS will assist with publicity so long as the event is open to all students from a given class year. Publicity will consist of the following:

  • A listing in Symplicity where students RSVP for events
  • A listing on the OCS events and the university calendar (local events only)
  • Weekly posts on the OCS blog & email to students

Policies & Procedures

NALP Guidelines

Consistent with the NALP Guidelines, employers may not communicate directly or indirectly with first year students before December 1. This rule also prohibits informally arranging meetings with 1Ls during the fall recruitment season, even if the contact is student initiated. Invitations to social functions scheduled before December 1 should be directed only to second and third year students.

HLS Recruiting Policies
Individual firm information sessions or networking receptions must comply with Harvard Law School’s non-discrimination policy.

Employers that fail to comply with these policies may not be able to utilize the facilities and services of the Office of Career Services.


Thank you for your interest in recruiting Harvard Law School students. Please contact with questions about scheduling your event.