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Important: Students who have taken a clinic and want to continue their work in a subsequent semester, do not register for the clinic through Helios. Instead, students apply to continue their work through the Advanced Clinical Program.

Once clinical preferencing results are released, add/drop opens for clinics (fall, winter and spring). Students may drop from any clinics they were enrolled in, and add their name to clinic waitlists or open clinics.

Please note that clinic add/drop deadlines are earlier than non-clinical add/drop deadlines.  Some clinics have even earlier drop deadlines – check the clinic’s description in the HLS Course Catalog to confirm it’s drop deadline.

General Clinic Add/Drop Deadlines

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  • Fall 2020

    August 14, 2020

    Final day to add or drop Fall, Fall-Winter, Fall – Spring clinics.
    Some clinics have earlier add/drop deadlines (for security clearance or pre-requisite reason); please check clinic descriptions for each clinic’s deadline.

  • Winter 2021

    November 13, 2020

    Final day to add or drop Winter and Winter-Spring clinics.
    Some clinics have earlier add/drop deadlines (for security clearance or pre-requisite reason); please check clinic descriptions for each clinic’s deadline.

  • Spring 2021

    December 4, 2020

    Final day to add or drop Spring clinics.
    Some clinics have earlier add/drop deadlines (for security clearance or pre-requisite reason); please check clinic descriptions for each clinic’s deadline.

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clinical drop deadlines and project/client assignments

Dropping after the applicable drop deadline will result in an “Withdrawal” (WD) on your academic transcript. You cannot drop a multi-semester (e.g. Fall-Winter) clinical course after the first semester’s (Fall) drop deadline. Clinical work begins the first week of classes.

Please note that for most clinics, students will not know their specific project assignment until after the clinic’s drop deadline. To learn more about the potential clinical projects for a given semester, please contact the clinic directly.

clinic waitlist processing

If students receive a clinic waitlist offer and are having problems accepting the offer, please see the “Registration and Add/Drop” section on our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Clinic waitlists move significantly.  Waitlists for most fall clinics will process over the summer until the drop deadline.  Waitlists for spring clinics will continue to process throughout the fall, until the spring drop deadline hits.  If you want to speak with someone about the chances of getting off a particular clinic waitlist, please contact clinical@law.harvard.edu.