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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

Remembering Justice Ralph D. Gants: ‘A living example of what lawyers can do to make our world better’

Remembering Justice Ralph D. Gants: ‘A living example of what lawyers can do to make our world better’

October 29, 2020

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants ’80 wasn’t just a legal giant, a pride to Harvard Law School and a tireless advocate for social and racial justice. He was also, as former Governor Deval Patrick ’82 put it, “a mensch.”

Research, writing, and advocating for change

October 28, 2020
Research, writing, and advocating for change

Despite the pandemic, the 2020 Chayes International Public Service Fellows pursued projects around the world.

Ranked-choice voting, explained

October 26, 2020
Ranked-choice voting, explained

On Nov. 3, voters in Massachusetts and Alaska will have the opportunity to adopt ranked-choice voting (RCV) statewide. HLS Lecturer Peter Brann argues that Maine has led the nation in adopting the system that better ensures that the most popular candidate in any election wins.

Reforming the Presidency

October 20, 2020
Reforming the Presidency

Jack Goldsmith speaks with the Bulletin about the most effective approach to regulating the executive branch, “the absolute low point” of presidential relations with the press, and the one issue on which he, an independent, and his co-author, a Democrat, could not agree.

The 2020 U.S. presidential election: HLS faculty and scholars weigh in

October 15, 2020
The 2020 U.S. presidential election: HLS faculty and scholars weigh in

HLS faculty and legal scholars consider the legal concerns and challenges that have emerged as the United States prepares for the 2020 presidential election.