Clinical & Pro Bono Programs

Clinical & Pro Bono Programs

  • In-House Clinics

    Hands-On Learning

    In-House Clinics

    Hands-On Learning

    There are 23 In-house clinics taught by 19 Clinical Professors of Law and more than 70 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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    Explore the Clinics
  • Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements

    Externship Clinics

    Hundreds of placements

    There are 15 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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    Explore the Clinics
  • COVID-19 Engagement at HLS OCP

    Support your community

    COVID-19 Engagement at HLS OCP

    Support your community

    Connect to Resources
    Connect to Resources
  • 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

    Gain practical legal experience for pro bono credit

    Student Practice Organizations

    Gain practical legal experience for pro bono credit

    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

Clinical Spotlight

Clinical Spotlight

Fighting for Equal Treatment of Same-Sex Military Spouses

June 22, 2022

By Henry Beshar ’22 Via LSC Blog “But you’re not a veteran,” my puzzled mentor remarked after learning that I enrolled in Harvard Law School’s Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (VLDBC). “I’m not,” I replied, “but it’s my 3L spring semester. I have some free time and want to help some deserving people.” I […]

New law school casebook for teaching about state attorneys general

June 21, 2022

By Clea Simon Via Harvard Law Today State attorneys general occupy a unique place in American jurisprudence. All 13 of the original American colonies had an attorney general, as do all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia today, and they collectively try more cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than any legal […]

CJI student argues for compassionate release in Massachusetts Appeals Court

June 14, 2022

By Lia Monahon Less than two weeks after his HLS graduation, Isaac Green ’22 stood at the podium in Courtroom 3 of the Massachusetts Appeals Court to argue on behalf of his Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) client, who the Department of Correction refuses to grant compassionate release despite being terminally ill and no longer able […]

Reflections on the Crimmigration Clinic

June 14, 2022

Via HIRCP Blog Over the past few years, the Crimmigration Clinic at our Program has greatly expanded, and more and more students have been able to learn about the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. Clinical students from the Class of 2022 have been passionate advocates, assisting with case work, litigation efforts, and policy advocacy.   Students […]