ClinicTalks are a series of information sessions about the individual in-house clinics and externships available at HLS. Clinical professors, instructors and students share details about the clinical work and skill building opportunities, student experiences and logistical considerations such as clinical credits and if there is a separate application process.
The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) provides students with the opportunity to practice using legal and policy tools in order to address the health, environmental, and economic impacts of our food system. Clinic projects aim to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases, assist small farmers and producers in participating in food markets, and reduce the waste of healthy, wholesome food.
The Impact Defense Initiative will immerse students in the design and execution of a high-impact strategic litigation campaign undertaken on behalf of indigent criminal defendants in a state-level criminal court system.
Students participate in an externship with the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center (“MJC”) in Washington, D.C., working on appeals before federal circuit courts and/or the U.S. Supreme Court that raise important issues related to civil rights and the criminal justice system.
The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs staff and Peter O’Meara of the Harvard International Office (HIO) discuss the clinical and pro bono opportunities available to students on F-1 visas, clinical and pro bono opportunities eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization, and other questions that international J.D. students may have about their options to engage in clinical work.
Externship Clinic Director Liz Solar and Curriculum Planning and Enrollment Manager Maggie Bay discuss a few of the externship clinics, such as the Capital Punishment Clinic, Delivery of Legal Services Clinic, and the Sports Law Clinic and give an overview of the Independent Clinical Program and the application process.
The Child Advocacy Clinic is designed to educate students about a range of social change strategies and to encourage critical thinking about the pros and cons of different approaches. A variety of substantive areas impacting the lives of children are addressed with a focus on child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption), education, and juvenile justice.
Students participating in the Judicial Process in Trial Courts Clinic work with judges at the district, state, and federal courts. Students discuss and write legal opinions, sentences, and judicial matters with their supervising judge.
The Health Law and Policy Clinic works on cutting-edge legislative, regulatory, and litigation projects at the state and national levels aimed at increasing access to quality, comprehensive health care for poor and low-income individuals and families.
The Democracy and the Rule of Law Clinic works with The Protect Democracy Project to safeguard the key features of a democratic society through litigation and other means. Issues areas include ensuring the impartial application of the rule of law; prohibiting official corruption; and challenging government if it targets certain people or groups in our society.
The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) is a student run-legal services program. Students represent indigent clients in civil matters in varied practice areas, including family law, housing law, wage and hour law, government benefits, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) matters.
The Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic of the Legal Services Center focuses on offering clients legal assistance on divorce, domestic violence, paternity, child and spousal support, adoption, and guardianship.
The Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic focuses its advocacy efforts on using the law to promote financial stability, access to healthcare, and dignity for veterans and their families and persons with disabilities.
The Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic offers students an opportunity to do hands-on, meaningful environmental/energy regulatory, policy, and advocacy work covering a spectrum of environmental, energy, and administrative law issues.