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Faculty Advising for 1Ls

HLS students

1L Reading Groups

As a first-year student, you are invited to participate in 1L Reading Groups organized around topics proposed by law school professors. 1L Reading Groups provide an informal setting for you to meet fellow first-year students with common interests and get to know a law school professor early in your first year. The professor hosting your reading group serves as your faculty adviser. During your first year, you will meet individually with your professor for mentoring and advice about law school, academic offerings, and career paths. If you haven’t signed up for a 1L Reading Group, you may find an adviser through your section.

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1L Faculty Leaders

The faculty leader of your 1L section is a resource for you for orientation, course registration, and general advising. Your section also has assigned faculty affiliates from different fields of legal study who are available for advising.

Faculty Advising for 2Ls and 3Ls

HLS faculty mentor and advise students throughout law school. Faculty, especially those with whom you have taken classes, are an excellent resource for you and can help you think through, among other things, jobs and career paths, academic programs and course selection, written work, and extracurricular activities. You also are encouraged to think about working with a faculty member as a research assistant or teaching fellow.

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Programs of Study

To help you navigate the law school’s many and broad range of course offerings, the faculty has developed seven Programs of Study. The Programs of Study are pathways to guide students through the upper-level curriculum. They provide guidance from the faculty of how different courses, seminars, clinics, and extracurricular offerings relate to the work of practicing lawyers and academics. Each program has affiliated faculty advisers with expertise in related fields. You may decide to focus your upper-level studies within one or several of the Programs of Study, but there is no requirement that you do so.

Faculty and Related Academic Advising for LL.M.s

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Events and Opportunities to Connect

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Guidance from a Network of Advisers

Clinical Advising

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) offers advising for students on selecting clinics, which are part of the academic program. There are four attorney advisers and additional clinical staff who are knowledgeable about every clinic and Student Practice Organization (SPO), and they are familiar with the types of clinical work students will do in a particular clinic in upcoming semesters.

The clinical advisers can help you choose the best clinic for your interests – and discuss skills sets covered, supervisors who might be a good fit, how to set up an independent clinical, and how to best help achieve your learning goals.

REGISTERING FOR CLINICS

Students register for clinics through the OCP, and clinical advisers can help you navigate the registration process. Schedule an advising appointment, or stop by the OCP and meet with an adviser.

Research Support from the Library

The Library’s Research Librarians are an excellent source of information about the law school, law faculty, and legal careers. Many of the Research Librarians are also attorneys and have worked at HLS for a number of years. They have a broad base of knowledge about faculty research areas and courses of study within the law school.

Research Librarians are available to discuss with you career paths and ways to fully research and prepare for your job interviews and entry into practice. With connections to colleagues, students, alumni, and faculty here at Harvard, the Research Librarians can connect you to people and resources to help with your academic and professional decisions.

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Additional Advising Resources

  • Academic and Learning Support

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