Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Clinical & Pro Bono Programs

Clinical & Pro Bono Programs

  • In-House Clinics

    Hands-On Learning

    In-House Clinics

    Hands-On Learning

    There are 22 In-house clinics taught by 22 Clinical Professors of Law and more than 60 Clinical Instructors and Lecturers on Law. Each clinic is tied to a classroom component, in which clinical experiences supplement and contribute to further discussion.
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  • Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements

    Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements

    There are 13 Externships taught by faculty and experienced attorneys who are experts in their field. Students are placed at government agencies and organizations across the U.S. and supplement that experience through a required course component.
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  • Independent
    Clinical Program

    Set up your own clinical placement

    Independent
    Clinical Program

    Set up your own clinical placement

    The Independent Clinical Program is designed to provide students an opportunity to be entrepreneurial and design a custom placement - in U.S. and abroad - that will meet their individualized learning goals.
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    Explore the Program
  • Advanced
    Clinical Program

    Continue your clinical work into a new semester

    Advanced
    Clinical Program

    Continue your clinical work into a new semester

    With approval of the clinic, the Advanced Clinical Program allows a student to continue their clinical work into subsequent semesters and across academic years.
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    Explore the Program
  • Student Practice Organizations

    Ability to gain practical legal experience for pro bono credit only

    Student Practice Organizations

    Ability to gain practical legal experience for pro bono credit only

    While students do not receive academic credit for participating in SPOs, their hours can count towards the 50-hour pro bono graduation requirement starting first day of classes, 1L year.
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    Explore the SPOs
  • Accessibility Resources

    For Clinical and SPO Students

    Accessibility Resources

    For Clinical and SPO Students

    Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. Students who need accessibility resources in order to participate in clinics and student practice organizations should contact the Dean of Students Office.
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Clinical Spotlight

Clinical Spotlight

DHS Bid To Collect Social Media Info Sparks Privacy Concerns

November 8, 2019

Via Law360 By Suzanne Monyak The U.S. Department of Homeland Security‘s proposal to collect social media handles from foreign citizens has been met with backlash from civil rights and higher education groups that caution it will chill free speech and discourage international students from studying in the U.S. DHS had indicated in September that the department planned […]

New online tool tells Mass. veterans if they qualify for financial aid

November 7, 2019

Via Boston Herald By Maria Szaniszlo For years, Massachusetts has had a program that provides financial aid for food, housing, clothing and medical care to veterans and their dependents with limited incomes. There’s only one problem — many veterans have never heard of it. On Tuesday, the Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School’s Legal […]

Animal welfare groups sue government over treatment of research primates

November 6, 2019

Via Boston Globe By David Abel Five years ago, animal rights advocates called on federal regulators to improve the conditions of non-human primates used in federally funded research studies. The government still hasn’t responded to their petition, and now a Harvard Law School program, the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, and other animal welfare groups have […]

Pro Bono Week 2019 Recap

November 5, 2019

Every year, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) at Harvard Law School (HLS) participates in the American Bar Association’s National Celebration of Pro Bono. Held from October 21st – 25th, 2019, Pro Bono Week serves as a time where HLS celebrates and reflects on the pro bono work that staff, faculty, and […]

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