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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

Investigating mask mandate bans

Investigating mask mandate bans

September 13, 2021

Michael Ashley Stein ’88, executive director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, says the Department of Education should go beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act in investigating state bans against mandating face coverings in schools.

John B. Bellinger III ’86: ‘I really mostly worry about the future’

September 10, 2021
John B. Bellinger III ’86: ‘I really mostly worry about the future’

Former legal adviser to the National Security Council during the Bush administration says 20 years after 9/11, he's frustrated there hasn't been more progress toward an international legal framework for dealing with terrorism.

Harvard Law School clinics redouble efforts to assist after eviction moratorium’s end

September 10, 2021
Harvard Law School clinics redouble efforts to assist after eviction moratorium’s end

As many people are left wondering what will happen with the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s pandemic-related moratorium on evictions, Harvard Law School clinics and programs have reaffirmed their commitment to helping individuals and families navigate the housing system and their legal options.

Juan C. Zarate ’97: ‘There’s a lot of presumption of the demise of American power, and I’m raging against that’

September 10, 2021
Juan C. Zarate ’97: ‘There’s a lot of presumption of the demise of American power, and I’m raging against that’

A counterterrorism czar in the Bush administration, and the first-ever assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, says the U.S. needs to reconceptualize what power means in the 21st century.

Jane Harman ’69: ‘We haven’t learned that when we work together we overcome’

September 10, 2021
Jane Harman ’69: ‘We haven’t learned that when we work together we overcome’

Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, a former California congresswoman and ranking member of House Intelligence Committee reflects on events of that day and the calamities we still confront.