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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

Banned Books Week at Harvard Law: How censorship leaves us in the dark

Banned Books Week at Harvard Law: How censorship leaves us in the dark

October 15, 2019

This year marks the fourth time the Harvard Law School Library has hosted Banned Books Week, an annual program of exploration and discussion spearheaded by the American Library Association in support of the right to read.

Harvard Food Law Clinic calls for greater nutrition education in the medical field

October 10, 2019
Harvard Food Law Clinic calls for greater nutrition education in the medical field

A recent report out of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic calls for greater nutrition education in the medical field, and identifies policy approaches to increase nutrition competency of U.S-trained physicians.

The presidential impeachment inquiry: Harvard Law constitutional scholars weigh in

October 10, 2019
The presidential impeachment inquiry: Harvard Law constitutional scholars weigh in

With the launch of the presidential impeachment inquiry by the House of Representatives, constitutional scholars at Harvard Law School weigh in on both the current controversy and on this rarely used and poorly understood congressional power.

In Q&A, Bonnie Docherty discusses humanitarian disarmament

October 9, 2019
In Q&A, Bonnie Docherty discusses humanitarian disarmament

Bonnie Docherty ’01, associate director the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative (ACCPI) at Harvard Law School, discusses humanitarian disarmament, and a recent discussion with Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow.

Serious challenges, with some green shoots of hope

October 7, 2019
Serious challenges, with some green shoots of hope

S.J.D. Candidate Eric Gitari describes his work this summer monitoring the status of human rights for LGBTIQ persons in Gambia and Senegal.