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HLS strongly promotes public service. The school guarantees funding for summer public interest work, and over 480 JD 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

Volz, Jung win David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

Volz, Jung win David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

May 22, 2018

In recognition of their demonstrated excellence in representing clients and undertaking advocacy or policy reform projects, Amy Volz ’18 and Ha Ryong Jung (Michael) ’18 were named the 2018 recipients of the David A. Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award, named in honor of the late Clinical Professor David Grossman ’88.

Last Lecture: Alex Whiting on lessons from an unexpected relationship

May 21, 2018
Last Lecture: Alex Whiting on lessons from an unexpected relationship

Professor of Practice Alex Whiting chose a personal story for his Last Lecture to the class of 2018, one about the development of, and lessons learned from, an unexpected relationship.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin on the Civil Rights lawyer who paved the path

May 17, 2018
Tomiko Brown-Nagin on the Civil Rights lawyer who paved the path

On the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Harvard Gazette sat down with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and faculty director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, to discuss Houston’s role and influence in the Civil Rights Movement.

Carol Steiker: ‘Choosing wisely is more important — and less important — than you might think it is’

May 17, 2018
Carol Steiker: ‘Choosing wisely is more important — and less important — than you might think it is’

Carol Steiker '86 began her Last Lecture to the class of 2018 by sharing the questions she is frequently asked by students–what electives and classes to take, what summer job they should seek–and the advice she gives them: “It doesn’t matter that much.”

Three students win Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Awards

May 16, 2018
Three students win Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Awards

Three Harvard Law School students, Edith Sangueza ’18, Tabitha Cohen ’18 and Annie Manhardt ’18, received the 2018 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award for exemplifying a pro bono public spirit and demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services in low-income communities.