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Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 Clinic

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L

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Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Introduction to Advocacy: Ethics and Skills in Clinical Practice (2 fall classroom credits + 1 spring classroom credit). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: Evidence. Students must enroll in Evidence during the fall of their 2L year. Enrollment in Evidence is separate from clinic enrollment.

By Permission: Yes. Applications are due in March 29, 2024.

Add/Drop Deadline: Please contact HLAB for more information.

LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to enroll.

Multi-Semester: This is a full-year clinic (4 fall clinical credits + 4 spring clinical credits).

Placement Site: HLS.

This clinic has a mandatory orientation in late August.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is a student-run civil legal aid organization committed to providing free representation to low-income and marginalized communities in the Greater Boston area. Students and staff aim to provide these services in a way that responds to the systemic racial, social, and economic inequalities that are the causes and consequences of poverty. To that end, the Bureau trains its student attorneys to advocate vigorously for their clients, create enduring community partnerships, and become socially conscious leaders. The Bureau represents clients in three primary practice areas, all led by student-members with guidance and support from experienced clinical instructors: housing (including eviction defense and movement lawyering to expand tenant power); family (including divorce and custody, guardianship, family defense, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status); and wage-and-hour (including nonpayment of wages and overtime, denial of earned sick time, and retaliation for assertion of workplace rights). Because the Bureau is student-run, students take the lead on cases and in setting organizational policy and exploring potential new areas or modes of practice. Enrollment is by application during the spring of the student’s 1L year; participants commit to at least 20 hours per week of clinic work for the following two academic years.