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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

Eviction moratorium’s end could cause homelessness or housing insecurity for ‘millions of families’

Eviction moratorium’s end could cause homelessness or housing insecurity for ‘millions of families’

July 30, 2021

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Courtney J. Brunson and Vincent Montoya-Armanios discuss the impending expiration of the federal pause on evictions.

Katherine Tai represents

July 23, 2021
Katherine Tai represents

In her new role as U.S. trade representative, Tai ’01 brings legal expertise, political savvy, and a deep commitment to American workers.

‘In many parts of the country, the Voting Rights Act’ is ‘close to a dead letter’

July 8, 2021
‘In many parts of the country, the Voting Rights Act’ is ‘close to a dead letter’

Harvard Law Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos recently spoke with Harvard Law Today about the Supreme Court's recent decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, options for advocates moving forward, and the future of the Voting Rights Act.

Going public

July 7, 2021
Going public

Harvard Law School students are working to create a Massachusetts public bank to help minority-owned businesses, small farms, and gateway cities.

‘We’re on a collision course with sanity’

June 22, 2021
‘We’re on a collision course with sanity’

Harvard University Professor and former Harvard Law School dean Martha Minow argues for a new Fairness Doctrine and other reforms in a National Constitution Center panel on free speech and media.