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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

President Biden appoints 16 Harvard Law School faculty and alumni to panel studying Supreme Court reform

President Biden appoints 16 Harvard Law School faculty and alumni to panel studying Supreme Court reform

April 14, 2021

President Biden appointed 16 members of the Harvard Law School community — seven faculty and nine alumni — to a new presidential commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella appointed Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

April 7, 2021
Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella appointed Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School announced today the appointment of Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella as the Samuel LL.M. ’55 S.J.D. ’59 and Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law effective July 1, 2022.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer cautions against ‘the peril of politics’

April 7, 2021
Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer cautions against ‘the peril of politics’

At Harvard Law School’s annual Scalia lecture, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer ’64 warned that changes to the nation’s highest court could erode public confidence in a trusted institution.

Training a new generation of election law lawyers

April 7, 2021
Training a new generation of election law lawyers

Harvard Law Today spoke with Ruth Greenwood about the new Election Law Clinic and why she thinks it is important to train a new generation of lawyers to practice in this burgeoning field.

Election Law Clinic launches at Harvard Law School

April 7, 2021
Election Law Clinic launches at Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School has announced the launch the new Election Law Clinic, which will give students the opportunity to work on a broad range of cutting-edge issues in areas such as redistricting, voting rights, campaign finance, and party regulation.