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‘What can we do to help create 150 years of change in 10 years?’

Andrew Manuel Crespo ’08 and Premal Dharia, leaders of the ambitious new Institute to End Mass Incarceration, take aim at ‘one of the defining civil…


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Visiting Professors & Lecturers


Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic

Students will participate in an externship with the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center (“MJC”) in Washington, D.C., working on appeals before federal circuit courts…

Cyberlaw Clinic

The Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to…

Election Law Clinic

The Election Law Clinic offers Harvard Law students the opportunity to do hands-on litigation and advocacy work across a range of election law areas, with…

Employment Law Clinic

The Employment Law Clinic focuses on rights in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation…

Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

Students spend the entire Spring Term in Washington, D.C. working as legal interns in a variety of federal offices while taking an evening course on…

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) is unique among HLS programs of clinical legal education in that its legal services program is student-run. Founded in…

Housing Law Clinic

The Housing Law Clinic represents tenants who are facing evictions by private market and subsidized landlords. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the…

Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic

For over thirty years, the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic, in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), has sought to advance immigrants’ rights. Law…

Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinic

The Institute to End Mass Incarceration is a research and advocacy program that works toward the dramatic decarceration of the United States, the eradication of…

LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

Student Work In the Harvard LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (the “Clinic”), students work on cutting-edge issues involving LGBTQ+ rights, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting…

Religious Freedom Clinic

The clinic provides students a hands-on, supervised experience representing a diverse group of clients in legal matters raising First Amendment and religious liberty issues. As…

Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

Students in the Clinic work to protect the rights of veterans and their families and persons with disabilities. Students can select among three project areas:…

Research Programs and Centers

Related Courses

Course Term Instructor(s)
American Empire: Puerto Rico and the United States Territories Fall 2023 Seminar Guy-Uriel Charles, Luis Fuentes-Rohwer
Anti-carceral Organizing and Lawyering Spring 2024 Seminar Andrew Crespo, Premal Dharia
Art of Social Change Spring 2024 Course Crisanne Hazen, Michael Gregory
Asian Americans and the Law Fall 2023 Seminar William Lee
Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy Spring 2024 Seminar Cass Sunstein
Civil Rights Litigation Spring 2024 Course Scott Michelman
Communication, Law and Social Justice Fall 2023 Course Alan Jenkins
Constitutional Dimensions of the Administrative State: Comparative Perspectives Fall 2023 Reading Group Vicki Jackson
Constitutional Law: First Amendment Spring 2024 Course Richard Parker
Constitutional Law: First Amendment Fall 2023 Course Noah Feldman
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