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We at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) are excited to welcome you to Harvard Law School and our vibrant public interest community. OPIA, the first office of its kind at any law school, advises students about public service options and how to pursue them. We strive to build a public service community at Harvard Law School with a welcoming staff that enjoys working with students and is committed to providing advice, encouragement and support to expand your knowledge of public service opportunities here at HLS and beyond.

During your first year at Harvard, there are many ways to become involved with public interest law. In particular, we invite you to join OPIA’s Section Rep Program. As a 1L Section Rep, you will have the opportunity to connect with other public interest oriented students, participate in unique public interest programming, and receive mentoring from upperclass students. As a program graduate, you will be a vital part of fostering and supporting the public interest community at HLS.

Section Rep Program Highlights

As a 1L Section Rep, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a monthly lunch series with public interest-minded 2Ls and 3Ls about a wide range of topics related to law school and public interest
  • Connect with public-interest minded 2Ls and 3Ls
  • Attend small group meetings with Wasserstein Fellows
  • Participate in community service outings with other Section Reps

As a future 2L/ 3L, we ask that you participate in the program as mentors and advisors to both 1Ls and OPIA. The commitments are minimal and reflect activities in which public interest oriented students already participate during their time at HLS.

Please note: The Section Reps Program is intended to provide support and community for all students with a strong belief in public service, whether or not you ultimately decide to work in the public sector upon graduation. We encourage all interested students to join.

To sign up, please complete the intake form. We will select ten fellows from each 1L Section on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline to sign up is September 15 at 5 pm.

If you become a 1L Section Rep, please mark your calendars for a mandatory initial lunch on September 26, 2017, 12pm-1pm.

Questions? Please email OPIA Assistant Director Dovie Yoana King.