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Clinics give students hands-on legal experience under the supervision of attorneys. With clinical placements in-house and at organizations across the country, and the opportunity for students to create their own independent placements, HLS students participate in more clinical placements than any law school in the world.

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Clinics are open to 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students. Each clinic is tied to a classroom component: students receive clinical credit for their legal practice in clinics and academic credit for the course component. In addition, most clinics allow students to fulfill HLS’s 50 hours pro bono graduation requirement.

In the News

  • Featured image for Meet the volunteer lawyers trying to protect Boston tenants from eviction article

    Meet the volunteer lawyers trying to protect Boston tenants from eviction

    “The way the system is supposed to work is that it’s an adversarial system where both sides have advocates and both sides would therefore have equal bargaining power when they get to the court, but that’s not actually the reality,” Eloise Lawrence, deputy faculty director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

    April 18, 2024

  • Featured image for A taxing time of year article

    A taxing time of year

    According to students in Harvard Law School’s Tax Litigation Clinic, helping indigent clients resolve their tax problems is as much about social justice as it is about the IRS.

    April 16, 2024

  • Animal Law & Policy Clinic calls for end to use of cruel traps in Connecticut

    “The gruesome injuries that leghold and body-gripping traps inflict are difficult to stomach,” says Kira Horowitz, a third-year law student who co-authored the letter. “Even so-called padded leghold traps frequently cause leg fractures, joint dislocations, and even limb amputations in the animals they capture.” 

    April 12, 2024

  • Atlanta Police Foundation pushed ‘unprecedented’ surveillance plan

    “The proposal could subject people on pre-trial release and everyone around them to warrantless wiretapping without notice or consent, Kendra Albert of the Cyberlaw Clinic said, a prospect that “functionally upends the relationship under the Constitution that the police are supposed to have when they want to surveil people.”

    April 9, 2024

  • Featured image for Climate Justice: Aminta Ossom’s Reading List article

    Climate Justice: Aminta Ossom’s Reading List

    Looking to better understand climate change as a justice issue? Aminta Ossom of Harvard Law School shares resources ranging from climate justice primers to in-depth storytelling about those working to address climate injustice through the courts and beyond.

    April 9, 2024

students from the Veterans Law Clinic stand in front of WCC

Check out the OCP Blog to read student perspectives on the clinical experience, find out more about the clinics’ legal work, catch up with alumni, and more!

OCP Blog