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Dean of Students

Our mission is to support HLS students.

From Orientation through Commencement, DOS staff are here to support you. Whether you have a quick question, a more serious personal or academic concern, or just need guidance or support, contact or stop by DOS!

HLS students studying in Haas Lounge

Harvard Law School is a big community. Regardless of where you are in your academic or personal life, let DOS be your guide.

From 0L to 3L, we’ve got you covered.

DOS Student Support Services

The Dean of Students Office is the primary advocate and administrative liaison for Harvard Law students. We act as a resource for information and guidance and focus on issues concerning student life at HLS. Working collaboratively with students and other administrative offices, we strive to create an inclusive community, as well as an environment where students are set up to achieve their goals at HLS and beyond.  

Below, you will find resources related to mental health and general wellbeing, information on academic and personal support at HLS, guidance for the Bar Exam, and more. As always, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to be in touch!

Did you know?

The DOS candy bowl is back and as legendary as ever! Stop by WCC 3039 to say hello and get a sweet treat!

HLS from start to finish

In addition to hosting student events throughout the year, DOS spearheads two events that bookend your time at HLS, Orientation and Commencement. Whether you’re entering or exiting HLS, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Explore Orientation and Commencement

Upcoming Events

  • Clinical Program Open House and Academic Advising Fair

    March 28, 2023
    11:00 am – 1:30 pm

    Please join us for the clinical program open house and academic advising fair. Clinical faculty and students from our in-house and externship clinics will host tables to learn more about each of our 36 clinical offerings. Additionally, advisors from the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, the Registrar’s Office,…
  • Class of 2023 Last Lecture Series

    March 29, 2023
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    It’s HLS tradition for the graduating class at HLS to hear from select faculty members who provide their guidance and advice for the upcoming sendoff moment of our careers. This year, the Class of 2023 Class Marshals have asked three professors to join us and provide their thoughts, which typically…
  • Bar Exam Information Session

    March 30, 2023
    12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

    Join Kandace Kukas, HLS Bar Advisor and experienced bar exam expert, on Thursday, March 30 from 12:30pm-1:15pm in WCC 2012 for an info session on the Bar Exam. For students taking the NYLE or those who are otherwise unavailable during the above in-person session, a virtual session will also be…