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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

Planning ahead

Planning ahead

April 23, 2019

Harvard Club of Seattle President Alexis Wheeler ’09 and the Crimson Achievement Program provide mentorship to support high-achieving, low-income high school students.

Parsing the Mueller report: A Q&A with Alex Whiting

April 19, 2019
Parsing the Mueller report: A Q&A with Alex Whiting

Hours after the Mueller report was released, the Harvard Gazette spoke with former prosecutor Alex Whiting, a professor of practice at Harvard Law School who teaches issues and procedures related to domestic and international criminal prosecutions.

Jody Freeman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 17, 2019
Jody Freeman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced that Jody Freeman LL.M. '91 S.J.D. '95, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, has been elected a member of the honorary society, one of twelve members of the Harvard faculty to receive the honor this year.

Putting compassion into action

April 12, 2019
Putting compassion into action

On April 5, Harvard Law School's Legal Services Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary of training more than 4,000 attorneys and law students and providing pro bono civil legal services to thousands of Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents.

Celebrating Special Olympics

April 10, 2019
Celebrating Special Olympics

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, HLS presented an inspiring conversation with Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Special Olympics medalist Melissa Joy Reilly.