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Harvard Law School has 11 Student Practice Organizations (SPOs) providing opportunities for students to gain practical legal experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney. While students do not receive academic credit for participating in SPOs, their volunteer hours can count towards the HLS 50-hour pro bono graduation requirement starting first day of classes, 1L year.

Student Practice Organizations are run by a student board, where 2L and 3L students assume leadership positions. Everyone, including LL.M. students, is welcomed and encouraged to participate in SPO practice.

At a Glance

At a Glance

For an overview of the work, skills developed, and time commitment of each SPO, please review the SPO Skills Matrix 20-21.

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Sign Up for SPOs

Sign Up for SPOs

Every fall semester, Student Practice Organizations host information sessions to familiarize new students with their work and application process. Most (but not all) SPOs require an application and all SPOs require students to complete a training. For the SPOs that do not require an application, the successful completion of the training is sufficient for students to become members.

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Running a Student Practice Organization

Running a Student Practice Organization

Information for SPO Officers

A wealth of resources is available to students running Student Practice Organizations. In this section you can find information on policies, budget, technology, and more.

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