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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

Looking back on ‘the future’: The Rev. Dr. King at the Harvard Law Forum

Looking back on ‘the future’: The Rev. Dr. King at the Harvard Law Forum

January 15, 2021

In October 1962, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on “The Future of Integration” as a featured speaker at the Harvard Law School Forum.

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program blocks another Trump administration asylum rule

January 14, 2021
Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program blocks another Trump administration asylum rule

In a case brought by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, a California District Court last week issued a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration rule that would gut protections for people fleeing persecution and torture.

Laying the groundwork for real-life lawyering

January 7, 2021
Laying the groundwork for real-life lawyering

Students in independent clinicals are making the most of a digital world.

Natasha Onken appointed assistant dean for student financial services

January 7, 2021
Natasha Onken appointed assistant dean for student financial services

An interview for a job she didn’t apply for turned out to be a career-defining opportunity for Natasha Onken, who has since devoted her life to helping students succeed.

Trusted to listen

December 28, 2020
Trusted to listen

After her first interview in Afghanistan, Nicolette Waldman ’13 realized she had found the career she was meant to pursue.