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How can I work with HLS students?

Your organization may work with HLS students during the school year either by offering a pro bono placement – where students perform legal work without receiving academic credit – or by offering a clinical placement – where students perform legal work for academic credit.

THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY WHEN WORKING WITH HLS STUDENTS:

  • All students doing clinical and pro bono work must be supervised by a licensed attorney.
  • Students cannot receive monetary compensation for their pro bono or clinical work during the academic year.
  • The students’ work must be law-related and involve the application or interpretation of law, formulation of legal policy, drafting of legislation or regulations. Students should not do clerical or fundraising work. Eligible tasks include: assisting an attorney at a trial, client and witness interviewing and investigation, drafting documents, assisting pro se litigants in court, community legal education, research and writing, or policy analysis.

Providing a Pro Bono Placement

  • Pro bono projects are best for timely matters that need immediate and short-term assistance, one-time events, or research and writing that can be done off-site.
  • Supervisors are required to confirm pro bono hours and submit a short evaluation of the student work.
  • HLS requires J.D. students to perform at least 50 hours of unpaid legal work for nonprofit, governmental agency or law firm (working solely on pro bono matters).

Providing a Clinical Placement

  • Clinical placements may be a good option if your organization will host a student on-site for 8-20 hours/week over a semester.
  • Students are allowed to earn academic credit for legal work performed with nonprofits and governmental agencies.
  • During fall and spring terms, students have the option to choose their weekly/ hourly commitment, depending on their class and other extra-curricular commitments. They may choose between 8, 12, 16, or 20 hours per week. During winter term, which is held in January for approximately three weeks, students are required to work full-time.
  • Students may also be enrolled in a related subject matter course.
  • Supervisors are required to give regular feedback and to complete written evaluations of student performance.
  • Only 2L, 3L, or LL.M. students can enroll in a clinical placement.

Where do I start?

If you want to advertise term-time internships or volunteer opportunities and/or require further assistance, please contact us.  Our office will work with you to find the most suitable arrangement that meets your needs and complies with law school and ABA guidelines for students.

Please send placement descriptions that include the following information:

  • Name of organization
  • Website and address
  • Work description
  • Prerequisites (courses, languages)
  • Start and end dates
  • Estimated total hours
  • Attorney supervisor name
  • How to apply, and
  • Whom to contact

The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) can assist with summer and post graduate opportunities.