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Spring 2024 Clinic

Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic

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Enrollment in this clinic may fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement depending on project assignment. Please contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs ( for more information.

Required Class Component: Dispute Systems Design Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Taking Negotiation Workshop prior to the clinic is recommended, but not required. 

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: December 8, 2023.

LLM Students: LLM students may enroll in this clinic through Helios.

Placement Site: HLS.

The Dispute Systems Design (DSD) Clinic works with organizations and communities who are committed to engaging conflict more effectively and equitably. Driven by the belief that systems should be informed by the people they affect, clinical students will engage in projects that center listening to and learning from all stakeholders. Informed by their perspectives, dispute system design theory, and best practices in the field, clinical students help their clients envision more just and inclusive systems.

DSD Clinic students typically work in teams of 2–3, with a single client organization and a faculty supervisor, for the duration of the semester. Our practice areas include Community Engagement & Dialogue Across Differences; Court-Related Programs & Access to Justice; Global Development & Peacebuilding; Strategic Negotiation & Conflict Consultation.

Students will have the opportunity to build the following skills in their day-to-day work:

  • Designing stakeholder-centered, systems-oriented approaches to engaging conflict;
  • Gathering a wide range of perspectives through interviews, focus groups, surveys, and other qualitative research methods
  • Managing client relationships 
  • Facilitating meetings
  • Writing and presenting deliverables
  • Managing complex projects
  • Working as a team

For a sampling of past projects, please visit  Please feel free to contact Tracy Blanchard at with any questions about the clinic.