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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

  • Faculty Discussion on Spiritual Wellbeing with Professor Okediji and Professor Bagley

    February 8, 2023
    12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

    Spiritual wellbeing can stem from beliefs, faith, values, ethics or moral principles that provide purpose and meaning in our lives. It can be nurtured or cultivated through prayer, meditation, time in the natural world, deep listening and self reflection. We invite you to Join Harvard Law School Faculty Professor Okediji and…
  • Student Wellbeing Working Group Info Table

    February 9, 2023
    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    The Well is Harvard Law School’s community effort to destigmatize mental health and prioritize well-being. Think of The Well as a source of support. A hub for dialogue. A space for sharing needs and accessing resources. Interested in learning more? Stop by our info table on 2/9 to connect with…
  • Halfway through Harvard celebration for 2Ls and LLMs

    February 9, 2023
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Calling all 2Ls and LLMs! You are officially Halfway Through Harvard! Celebrate with your classmates on Thursday, February 9th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in Milstein East. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Business casual attire is encouraged. Organized in partnership with the Dean of Students Office,…