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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 a pro bono program dedicated to building bridges in service to those in need, the clinic focuses on representing members of minority faiths, the vulnerable, and those who serve or support them in our pluralistic society. This includes helping the imprisoned, victims of workplace discrimination, and those facing obstacles in ministering to migrants, the poor, and their communities.

Admission to the Religious Freedom Clinic is by permission of the Clinic Director, Josh McDaniel. Students should submit an application to, 2024-25 deadline TBD. (Applications after that date will be considered if additional seats become available.) The application should be in a combined PDF that includes a resume (with expected graduation date) and short (250 words or less) statement of interest describing the student’s reasons for applying to the clinic, relevant coursework, and which semesters (fall and/or spring) the student is applying for.

How to Apply

The Religious Freedom Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits and the clinical application process by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

Application deadline: May 8, 2024. For transfer students and LLMs, the deadline is July 19, 2024.

Meet the Instructors

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Josh McDaniel

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Josh is the Director of Harvard Law School’s Religious Freedom Clinic, a pro bono program that gives students a hands-on, supervised experience representing a diverse group of clients in First Amendment and religious freedom cases. Before entering clinical teaching, Josh clerked for the Honorable Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to serving as a staff attorney in the clinic’s inaugural semester in 2020, he was previously a trial litigator at Munger, Tolles & Olson and an appellate litigator at Horvitz & Levy, where he specialized in representing individual and organizational clients in both commercial and civil rights cases, with particular expertise in First Amendment and religious freedom issues. Josh earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University and graduated first in his class from UCLA School of Law.

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Parker Knight

Clinical Instructor

Parker is an instructor at the Religious Freedom Clinic, where he guides teams of students representing clients in First Amendment and statutory religious liberty cases. His research focuses on the relationship between legal texts and legal reasoning, especially the influence of rule structures on interpretive methods. Before joining the clinic, Parker clerked for the Honorable David J. Porter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and, as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, litigated First Amendment cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and federal district and appellate courts. Parker received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge, where he studied legal philosophy, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Fordham University, where he studied mathematics, economics, and philosophy in the university’s honors program. 

Steven Burnett

Clinical Instructional Fellow

Steven is an instructional fellow at the Religious Freedom Clinic. Before joining the clinic, he clerked in his hometown, San Diego, CA, for the Honorable Patrick J. Bumatay on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he participated in Stanford’s Religious Liberty Clinic, and was Managing Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Before law school, Steven was a software engineer at Google, first in Mountain View, CA, and then in New York City. Steven received a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University.  

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Kathryn Mahoney

Clinical Instructional Fellow

Katie is a fellow for the Religious Freedom Clinic. Before joining the clinic, she clerked for the Honorable Amul R. Thapar on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an Editor of theYale Law Journal, Co-President of the Catholic Law Students Association, and Executive Vice President of the Yale Federalist Society. Before law school, Katie worked at the New Jersey Reentry Corporation, conducting research and developing programs to provide services to prisoners following their release. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell University. 

Hannah Curtis

Program Coordinator

Hannah serves as the Program Coordinator. During which she assists in managing the administration of the Religious Freedom Clinic, performs research in support of its cases, coordinates clinic activities and clinic-sponsored events, and provides administrative support to clinic staff and students.  

Hannah graduated with a B.A., cum laude, in English from University of Dallas in May, 2023.  

In the News

  • Featured image for McDaniel named assistant clinical professor at Harvard Law School article

    McDaniel named assistant clinical professor at Harvard Law School

    “It has been a great honor to teach and work with Harvard Law students in the Religious Freedom Clinic. I’ve seen them accomplish amazing results for their clients and shape the law in positive ways. I can’t wait to see what they go on to do in this important and much-needed work,” said McDaniel.

    February 13, 2024

  • Featured image for ‘Religious freedom for all’ article

    ‘Religious freedom for all’

    “It’s incredibly special to find a group of devoutly religious people who are eager to learn from each other’s faiths and who stand for religious freedom for its own sake.”

    May 23, 2023

  • Featured image for Protecting Faith: My Time at the Religious Freedom Clinic article

    Protecting Faith: My Time at the Religious Freedom Clinic

    By David Tye ’23 I came to law school as a Christian with a passion for faith, and I chose Harvard in large part because of the University’s thriving religious community. So when I heard about the Harvard Religious Freedom Clinic (coincidentally opening my first day of 1L classes), I was intrigued. My friends had

    April 25, 2023