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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

To Serve Better: Alexis Wheeler ’09

To Serve Better: Alexis Wheeler ’09

January 7, 2020

In 2018, avid hiker Alexis Wheeler '09 founded the Harvard Club of Seattle's Crimson Achievement Program (CAP), an initiative that helps illuminate the path to college for high-potential ninth- and 10th-graders from Western Washington school districts in low-income areas.

The Journey of an Idealist

January 7, 2020
The Journey of an Idealist

Ambassador Samantha Power ’99 reflects on her life and career in her new memoir "The Education of an Idealist."

‘My Whole Life Has Been Cross-Discipline’

January 7, 2020
‘My Whole Life Has Been Cross-Discipline’

Starting and growing successful businesses, and devising solutions to some of the toughest problems in public and higher education, have more in common than may appear at first blush. Both require creativity, and both offer the opportunity to better the lives of other people, says Steve Klinsky ’81.

Brianna Rennix ’18

January 7, 2020
Brianna Rennix ’18

In a small trailer, surrounded by hundreds of other trailers, encircled by a fence, in the middle of South Texas scrubland, Brianna Rennix does her work. Sometimes it takes 12 hours. Sometimes it takes more. At some point each day, she leaves the largest family detention center in America, drives five minutes through the small […]

Geehyun Sussan Lee ’15

January 7, 2020
Geehyun Sussan Lee ’15

It helped that she was a first-generation immigrant herself. Sussan Lee could settle into a conversation with her client, a West African immigrant, about the oddities of everyday American life. They had that kind of newness in common. But the similarities ended there. Lee had emigrated from Korea easily as a child. Her client was […]