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HLS strongly promotes public service. The school guarantees funding for summer public interest work, and over 480 J.D. students received funds to work throughout the United States and in 44 foreign countries in 2014. The Office of Public Interest Advising provides comprehensive services to students pursuing public service careers. The Low Income Protection Plan allows graduates substantial financial flexibility to pursue lower-paying employment, and a variety of fellowship programs provide additional support to graduates entering public service. Reflecting its public service commitment, HLS has a 50-hour minimum pro bono work requirement, with students actually completing an average of 600 hours of pro bono work during law school.

Public Service News

Public Service News

Pursuing Justice, Freedom and Peace

Pursuing Justice, Freedom and Peace

December 9, 2019

Nasredeen Abdulbari LL.M. ’08 discusses the significant role he has now undertaken as Sudan's Minister of Justice. In September, he was sworn in as Minister of Justice in the cabinet of Sudan’s new Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok.

Mail priorities: Madelyn Petersen ’19 works to keep communities connected in rural Iowa

December 6, 2019
Mail priorities: Madelyn Petersen ’19 works to keep communities connected in rural Iowa

As a member of Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, Madelyn Petersen '19 and several other students traveled to northwest Iowa to study how the federal government’s plan to potentially privatize the U.S. Postal Service might affect the small, largely rural communities there.

Video: Feldman testifies on the constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment

December 4, 2019
Video: Feldman testifies on the constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, Noah Feldman, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, testified before the House Judiciary Committee at a public hearing on the constitutional grounds for impeaching the president.

‘The move away from federalism and separation of powers has had lasting impacts on American democracy’

December 3, 2019
‘The move away from federalism and separation of powers has had lasting impacts on American democracy’

Senator Mike Lee offered his perspective on the current state of constitutional law in America at a recent event organized by the Harvard Federalist Society.

Focus on Justice

November 25, 2019
Focus on Justice

At a packed Brattle Theatre last week, five short films created by 12 Harvard Law students from eight countries debuted. The documentaries, ranging across topics from gentrification to climate change, are the results of an innovative January term workshop taught by Martha Minow, former Harvard Law dean and 300th Anniversary University Professor.