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Harvard Law School Clinics provide students hands-on legal experience under the supervision of licensed attorneys who are trained in educating and mentoring students. Clinics are open to 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students. Each clinic is tied to a classroom component: students receive clinical credit for their legal practice in clinics and academic credit for the related course component.

HLS offers in-house clinics on campus at the Cambridge campus or at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC) in Jamaica Plain. HLS also offers externship clinics where students work off-campus at their placements while also taking a related academic class at the HLS campus.

Most clinics require students to enroll for a minimum of 5 credits (including the course component credits). Students are generally required to work a minimum of 12 hours each week in addition to the hours required for preparation and participation in the related course!

How to Apply

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  • The Online Clinic Application Deadline Has Passed

    Students who missed the deadline to apply to clinics should contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) directly.  While most clinics are full with a waitlist of students, OCP can help students think through other potential opportunities to get engaged in the clinical and pro bono programs.

  • Additional Deadlines for other Clinical Opportunities

    • Registration in the Transactional Law Clinics is through Phase 2 Course Preferencing in Helios (offered Fall and Spring terms).  Timeline: July 12 – August 3
      • Add/drop for the Fall 2018 Transactional Law Clinics closes on August 28, 2018.
      • Add/drop for the Spring 2019 Transactional Law Clinics closes on January 11, 2019.

Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources

In this section, you’ll find many resources to help you learn about clinics. You can also listen to the ClinicTalks podcast series (found on each individual clinic’s page).

Student Practice Organizations

Student Practice Organizations

After you begin your program in August, you can also participate in other not-for-credit pro bono opportunities, outside of the clinical program, including opportunities on-campus with Student Practice Organizations and pro bono placements with outside community organizations, in which you can assist with the provision of free legal services to those in need. You do not need to register for these opportunities because they are not offered for academic credit. If you are interested in not-for-credit pro bono work, look out for announcements this fall about the full range of pro bono opportunities.

Students engage in these opportunities because they would like to serve the community and are interested in gaining practical experience. Students who are also seeking pro bono opportunities to fulfill the New York State Bar pro bono requirement, as set out in Rule 520.16, should note that some – but not necessarily all – of the work done by the SPOs may qualify for the requirement.  LL.M.s should review the NY Pro Bono Requirement carefully to determine if the specific pro bono work that they are engaged in with an SPO meets the requirements of Rule 520.16.

2018-2019 Student Practice Organizations

Questions?

Questions?

For questions about the clinical application process please contact Maggie Bay.
For questions about the New York Pro Bono Requirement as well as general questions about the clinical program please contact Sheryl Dickey.