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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

LGBTI communities from around the world affirm their right to health

LGBTI communities from around the world affirm their right to health

May 11, 2022

At a recent public consultation, the U.N. Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz, a senior visiting researcher at Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program, gathered testimonies on the well-being of LGBTI communities around the world.

Figueres receives 2022 Great Negotiator award at HLS

April 21, 2022
Figueres receives 2022 Great Negotiator award at HLS

As the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres was in charge of the 2015 climate talks in Paris. In a conscious departure from earlier conferences, she declared that any agreement should be unanimous, rather than merely a consensus.

A haven for taxpayers

April 18, 2022
A haven for taxpayers

Harvard Law’s Federal Tax Clinic helps low-income taxpayers shed their debts — and stress.

Tackling issues at the intersection of technology, democracy, and human rights

April 12, 2022
Tackling issues at the intersection of technology, democracy, and human rights

Susan Hendrickson ’93, the new executive director of the Berkman Klein Center, recently spoke with Harvard Law Today about her career path, her advice for law students, what keeps her up at night and why, nevertheless, she continues to be optimistic about tech.

‘There’s just no experience that replaces asking people for their vote’

April 5, 2022
‘There’s just no experience that replaces asking people for their vote’

The Harvard Law School Democrats recently hosted a Q&A with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain ’87. who answered students' questions on the administration’s agenda on voting rights, student loan debt, global vaccine inequities, the war in Ukraine, and other hot topics.