Skip to content

COMMENCEMENT LUNCH INFORMATION: Due to severe weather, lunch is available for pickup in the Hark at 12:30. Graduates and guests can eat lunch indoors in Austin East, West, North, and Ames; Langdell South; Pound Hall first floor classrooms, the basement and first floor classrooms of the WCC. Graduates should consult their email for more details.

How Do Clinical Credits Work?

Students enrolled in a clinic receive clinical credit for their clinical enrollment and classroom credit for their clinical course component enrollment.

Many clinics have variable credits, which allows students to elect how many credits they would like to enroll for (generally from a range of 3 to 5 clinical credits).

Each clinical credit equals four hours of clinical work per week or 48 hours per semester.

Terms availableClinical CreditsHours of work per weekHours of work per semester
Fall, Spring2 clinical credits8 hours/week96 hours
Fall, Spring3 clinical credits12 hours/week144 hours
Fall, Spring4 clinical credits16 hours/week192 hours
Fall, Spring5 clinical credits20 hours/week240 hours

Over winter term, students receive 2 clinical credits. Students must be in residence working full-time at their placements, from the first day of winter term through the last day of winter term.

Students may take up to 16 clinical credits throughout their time at HLS.

Changing Clinical Credits

If you are enrolled in a clinic that offers variable credits, you may adjust your clinical credits through Helios up until the clinic’s drop deadline.

Deadlines

After a clinics add/drop deadline, students can request a change to their clinical credits by emailing Maggie Bay, up until the following dates:

Fall 2024 – October 4, 2024

Spring 2025 – February 14, 2025

After the above dates, all clinical credit changes must be requested by your direct clinical supervisor and submitted for review to mbay@law.harvard.edu.

Winter-Spring clinical students may adjust their spring clinical credits up until the above spring clinical credit change deadline.

How to Change Clinical Credits

Under the add/drop section of “Courses,” click on the edit button next to the clinic that you are enrolled in for which you would like to adjust your credits. In the pop-up screen, you will see the option to increase/decrease the credits you are enrolled for on the upper-right hand corner of the screen.

Please Note: Once the drop deadline for a clinic has passed, please contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs for more information about adjusting your clinical credits.