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Through an extensive range of clinical experiences and courses, Harvard Law School students study, research, and practice human rights law, advocating for clients and working with partners and communities in the U.S. and around the world. No other law school provides students with more opportunities to learn about, and help promote and defend, fundamental human rights, both in times of peace and during armed conflict.

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Visiting Professors & Lecturers


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…

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…

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…

International Human Rights Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic works to protect the human rights of clients and communities around the world. Through supervised practice, students learn the responsibilities…

Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic

The Making Rights Real Clinic will build on a partnership between Professor White, Harvard Law School students, University of Ghana Law School faculty and students,…

Research Programs and Centers

Related Courses

Course Term Instructor(s)
Animal Law Spring 2023 Course Kristen Stilt
Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges Fall 2022 Seminar Carlos Portugal Gouvea
Climate Lawyering Spring 2023 Course Richard Lazarus
Communication, Law and Social Justice Fall 2022 Course Alan Jenkins
Comparative and International Legal Struggles Over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Fall 2022 Reading Group Alicia Yamin
Comparative Law: Why Law? The Experience of China Spring 2023 Course William Alford
Competing Values: Freedom, Equality, Property, & Democracy Spring 2023 Reading Group Joseph Singer
Constitutional Dimensions of the Administrative State: Comparative Perspectives Spring 2023 Reading Group Vicki Jackson
Constitutional Law: First Amendment Fall 2022 Course Richard Parker
Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Spring 2023 Course Richard Parker
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