Student Organizations at HLS
Student Organizations at HLS
Student organizations play a major role in shaping the social, cultural and intellectual environment at Harvard Law School (HLS).
Below is a list of all of the student organizations at HLS.
Advocates for Education
The HLS Advocates for Education (A4E) is an organization of students who are passionate about improving our nation’s education system and dedicated to raising awareness about current issues in education law and policy.
African Law Association
The mission of Harvard African Law Association is to unite African students and students interested in Africa, and increase awareness of legal, social and economic issues that shape and concern the continent of Africa.
Alliance for Israel
The Harvard Law School Alliance for Israel is a diverse student-run organization dedicated to fostering positive, truthful, and responsible discussion of issues affecting the Jewish State.
Alliance for Reproductive Justice
The mission of HLSARJ is to advocate for the promotion of reproductive rights and to educate Harvard students about reproductive justice issues facing women across different spheres – domestic and international, from different ethnic and cultural communities, and from varying economic backgrounds.
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national organization with over 400,000 members, has been at the forefront of the fight to secure and protect the rights guaranteed by our Constitution since 1920. The ACLU Club at Harvard Law School works to continue that fight on campus, by organizing events on civil liberties issues, coordinating research and policy projects with ACLU affiliates across the country, and providing students with networking opportunities.
American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law.
Animal Law Society
The HLS Animal Law Society is a group of students who care about animals and the issues facing them. HLS Animal Law Society was founded in 1995 as a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national organization of lawyers engaged in litigation and legislative efforts on behalf of animals. HLS Animal Law Society has four major goals:
- providing support, education, and work opportunities for students interested in animal rights or welfare law;
- educating the HLS community about issues facing animals, including institutionalized forms of animal abuse and the means of combating them through legislation and litigation;
- offering social functions for students interested in vegetarian and vegan food. You don’t need to be a vegetarian to be in HLS Animal Law Society, but we provide many opportunities for you to explore delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine; and
- providing assistance to animals who are currently suffering through student fundraising and volunteering.
The Antitrust Association aims to aid the law school community in understanding antitrust law. Our goal is to support and foster a community committed to the protection of consumers and the promotion of competitive markets.
Armed Forces Association
The HLS Armed Forces Association is an organization composed of veterans, active duty military service members, and those who are either interested in joining or supporting the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
Armenian Law Students Association
The Armenian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) provides a forum for students to explore legal issues relevant to Armenia and Armenians. The Association nurtures deep and sustained engagement on topics including Armenian Genocide recognition and reparations; legal advocacy for endangered Christian minorities in Turkey, Syria, and the wider Middle East; and development and rule of law in the Republic of Armenia. In addition to cultivating legal discussion, ALSA also connects students to a wide array of Armenian-related educational, cultural, religious, and social programs.
Asia Law Society
The Harvard Asia Law Society is a prominent organization at Harvard Law School that brings together students with a common interest in Asia. HALS is extremely diverse and international, with past and current members from not only East Asia and North America, but also from South Asia, Latin America, and beyond.
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
APALSA is a political, academic, community service, and social group dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Asian Pacific American students at Harvard Law School. APALSA strives to promote a greater understanding of Asian Pacific American issues and culture, serve as a vehicle for Asian Pacific American political activity, and provide a social and academic network for Asian Pacific Americans and the Harvard Law School community.
Association for Law and Business
The Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) connects students with prominent leaders across the business and legal communities. Each year, HALB hosts numerous speakers to discuss their careers and areas of expertise, while also creating outside opportunities for members to meet like-minded students and practitioners interested in non-legal business careers. Over the past several years we have hosted events with luminaries across business, law, and finance, as well as those featuring most of the top law firms, investment banks, and management consultancies.
Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world.
Black Law Students Association
The Harvard Black Law Students Association (HBLSA) was founded in 1967. Today, HBLSA has grown to become the largest chapter in the National Black Law Students Association. Counting over 160 members annually, HBLSA reflects the strong Black community that is so integral to the diversity of Harvard Law School. The Black Law Students Association of Harvard Law School exists for the support, guidance and direction of Black students in academic, professional and social endeavors.
Blockchain and FinTech Initiative
The HLS Blockchain and FinTech Initiative is the first student-led initiative aimed at promoting education and career-development for law students interested in working in industries that utilize blockchain and financial technologies. The Initiative will expose students to the plethora of legal issues that arise in enterprise and institutional applications of blockchain and financial technology.
We hope to facilitate learning within the Harvard Law School community and beyond by hosting speakers, offering hands-on projects, and connecting students to scholars, practitioners and industry specialists. We hope to encourage students to build relationships, and serve as a hub to deliver internships and full-time employment to students passionate about the impact of technology on the financial industry. Finally, we hope to establish Harvard Law School as a leader scholarship on the legal issues affecting blockchain application and the financial technology industry.
Brazilian Studies Association
The Brazilian Studies Association (HLS BR) is an institution that intends to promote the collaboration between students, scholars, professionals, and individuals who are interested in discussing various issues related to Brazil and Brazilian culture.
Canadian Law Students Association
In addition to providing practical support, eh?LS will also provide a place for community. Providing peer-to-peer support within the Canadian legal market, links to alumni, and advice on which courses travel well from HLS.
Caribbean Law Association
The Caribbean Law Students Association (CLSA) seeks to engage the Harvard Law School community in legal issues impacting the Caribbean diaspora and create and affinity space for those who identify with Caribbean cultures.
Catholic Law Students Association
Catholic Law Students Association is the on-campus home for Catholic students, faculty, and friends in the Harvard Law School community. The Catholic community at HLS is open to anyone and everyone who is curious about spiritual enrichment, community service, and fellowship.
Child & Youth Advocates
The Child & Youth Advocates (CYA) seeks to build a community of students interested in a wide variety of issues affecting children and youth, including juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and children’s rights. We aim to heighten awareness and encourage discussion of these issues at HLS, facilitate student involvement with children and youth in our community and beyond, and advocate for children’s rights. Our initiatives will enable students to gain practical experience in partnership with different organizations, receive training and exposure to various areas of child advocacy, and connect with one another in pursuit of a career dedicated to children and youth.
China Law Association
China Law Association (“CLA”) is an officially recognized student-run organization at Harvard Law School (“HLS”) that brings together students, faculty, and outside parties who have an interest in law, politics, or business in China. The primary goal of the CLA is to promote the awareness of matters relating to China at and beyond Harvard Law School. Our values are inclusivity, community, democracy and transparency. We welcome participation of all HLS students and scholars and foster a spirit of community, compassion and mutual support among all our members.
We organize academic and social events related to Chinese law, business, culture and society through the school year and we collaborate with student organizations from Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty of Arts and Science of Harvard University. We have over three hundred current members and hundreds of alumni.
The Harvard Law School Christian Fellowship (HLSCF) is a diverse community of students, scholars, and families. Established in 1968, HLSCF is an official, independent, student-led group at HLS and benefits from historic partnerships with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Christian Legal Society, and the Harvard Chaplains.
Christian Union at Harvard Law School is a community of students and their families who love Jesus, and who desire to share that love to the growing community at HLS. As a student organization with partnerships with Christian Union, we seek to study the Bible rigorously, pray for revival relentlessly, and watch as the power of God changes lives.
Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs
The Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs (CISGA) exists to (1) improve student life for international students at HLS and (2) advocate for international students, resources, and opportunities at HLS.
Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law
The Harvard Law School Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law is the heart of sports and entertainment activity at HLS. CSEL works to bring together students and faculty who are interested in the intersection of the sports and entertainment industries and the law.
Couples and Families Association
The Harvard Law Couples and Families Association (HLCFA) is a social organization for students and their significant others (girl/boyfriends, fiancés, spouses, partners, and children). The organization offers many activities and resources to provide support and a community for those students who have come to Harvard with significant others or families.
The HLS Democrats provides a means for Democrats at HLS to become involved in national, state, and local politics, to meet alumni with similar career goals, and to gain insight into the world of politics through organization trips and interactions with guest speakers.
Descendants exists to provide community and support for Black American slave descendants at Harvard Law School. It is concerned with the political, cultural, and social issues impacting Black American slave descendants. Descendants strives to affirm and celebrate the experiences and identities of Black American slave descendants at Harvard and beyond.
Disability Law Students Association
HLS Disability Law Students Association (DLSA) is an open and inclusive organization dedicated to providing a community and supporting students with all types of disabilities at HLS, and to the advancement of equal rights for individuals with disabilities at Harvard and beyond. DLSA is also a community for Students with Disabilities and Allies who are seeking to pursue a career in Disability Law or Advocacy. DLSA seeks to provide a community to raise, discuss and act on the legal issues facing the HLS disability community and the Disability community writ large.
The Mission of the Harvard Law School Drama Society is to provide an outlet for creative expression on campus. The Drama Society typically produces a straight play or musical in the fall, as well as the annual HLS Parody in the spring.
The primary mission of the HLS Effective Altruism Law Students Association is to foster a culture of giving at HLS. The secondary mission is to encourage donation to proven, cost-effective causes.
Environmental Law Society
The Harvard Environmental Law Society (HELS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization directed and staffed by students at Harvard Law School. HELS was founded in 1970 by three Harvard Law students who perceived a pressing need for the Law School, and the law in general, to respond more effectively to the nation’s environmental problems.
Equal Democracy Project
The Equal Democracy Project aims to dismantle the political barriers to our currently unequal democracy in the United States. We seek to end gerrymandering and voter suppression, challenge the outsized influence of money in politics, and reform the electoral process to more accurately represent the people. Equal Democracy achieves this by organizing events on campus, holding voter engagement drives, partnering with external organizations on democracy-related research projects, and engaging in digital advocacy.
European Law Association
Being the only Harvard Law student association predominantly focused on European (Union) law, Harvard European Law Association (HELA) hosts a wide range of activities. From lunch talks with Judges of the Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, to events and conversations with European and international professors, law firm partners, and other experts, HELA aspires to unite Harvard with the spirit of Europe. Our activities include an annual spring symposium, traditionally hosting renowned practitioners, judges, academics, policymakers, and lobbyists in European law from across the globe.
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
The Harvard Federalist Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students. Our chief goal is to foster balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of individual freedom, limited government, and judicial restraint. Membership is open to all: our members hold diverse and often conflicting views on a broad range of issues.
The Harvard Law School Film Society is a student organization exploring the many intersections between the law and narrative arts (film, literature, & media). We seek to create community among students and professionals with a shared interest in legal advocacy and storytelling through screenings, workshops, discussions, and social events. We invite all filmmakers, journalists, artists, writers, curators, and anyone else interested in harnessing the power of art and storytelling to join us.
Financial Justice Coalition
The Financial Justice Coalition provides a space and structure for Harvard Law students to advocate for increasing the financial accessibility of Harvard Law School for students of all backgrounds. In its previous informal incarnation as the Coalition to Improve LIPP, the Financial Justice Coalition began to make important contributions to the HLS community, connecting alumni with current students, building important relationships with administrative staff and students at other law schools, and bringing together dozens of students at retreats and open events. There had previously been no other organization dedicated to connecting students around issues of financial justice at Harvard Law. The continuity between the Coalition to Improve LIPP and the Financial Justice Coalition’s membership allows this newly recognized organization to build on these contributions and continue to meet this unmet need.
First Class Law Students Association
HLS First Class is an inclusive and intersectional space for first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds to share and affirm our experiences, advocate for our communities, attend to our well-being, advance accessibility within the legal profession, and support our career aspirations.
Food Law Society
The Food Law Society provides students with hands-on exposure to the numerous issues in law, policy, science and management that confront professionals in the fields of food law and food policy. Members participate in clinical projects and conferences, host speakers, take trips and collaborate with groups throughout the University and the world in their effort to address food issues.
The Forum is a non-partisan student organization of Harvard Law School dedicated to bringing open discussion of a broad range of legal, political and social issues to the Harvard Law School campus.
The Francophone Society is concerned with fostering interest for French-speaking countries and cultures, as well as the French language at Harvard Law School. It does so by focusing on two main areas: sharing aspects of francophone cultures and promoting academic and professional opportunities within diverse French-speaking contexts.
Global South Dialogue
GSD is dedicated to promoting dialogue between students from or interested in issues affecting the Global South (countries in the “Third World” being Africa, Latin America, and Asia with interconnected histories of colonialism, neo-imperialism, and differential economic and social change, and minority groups in the West).We recognize the importance of a global culture and seek to facilitate understanding of transnational and postcolonial issues and to enable students to imagine and create strategies about law, socio-economic development, democracy and decolonization. We aim to provide a platform for students to engage in transnational and postcolonial dialogues, in informal and academic settings, in order to understand and learn how other Global South societies have responded to common issues.
The Harvard Law School Golf Association (HLSGA) is a student organization dedicated to promoting the game of golf on campus, fostering camaraderie within the student body, and providing students with a context in which to develop skills of sport, communication, and business development, which will translate into a broad array of legal careers. In the worlds of business and law, golf often plays an important role in creating new relationships with potential clients, as well as strengthening relationships with existing clients and other business partners.
As an organization, the HLSGA strives to host leading legal professionals as well as top business leaders in the golf industry to expose students to law and business career opportunities related to the sport. We foster this type of engagement with our vibrant and diverse student membership composed of students with demonstrated interest in law and business through lunch talks, intimate meals and coffee chats with students, golf outings, and participation as panelists in our Annual Symposium. Past speakers have included the Chief Legal Officer of the United States Golf Association, representatives of PGA championship courses, top golf manufacturing brands, and others.
Harassment Assault Law-Student Team
The Harassment Assault Law-Student Team (HALT) is a law student-run organization that advocates for survivors of campus sexual assault, provides trainings and organizes educational events, and serves as a resource for the HLS community.
Health Law Society
Harvard Health Law Society is a diverse organization united by an interest in health policy, health care law, biotechnology, bioethics, health and human rights, and a range of other health and law topics, with an eye toward a more just, ethical, and healthy society.
Human Rights and Business Association
The Human Rights and Business Association (HuB) brings together students who have an interest in the continuously developing field of business and human rights, corporate responsibility and accountability. The organization engages students from all Harvard schools and other universities in the greater Boston area in events, workshops and seminars, and provides a space where students can learn more about the field, network with experts, as well as explore future career opportunities.
International Arbitration Law Students Association
For the first time in the history of Harvard Law School, a student association dedicated exclusively to promote international arbitration has been created! A group of Harvard Law School students, passionate about international arbitration, proposed to the Board of Students the creation of HIALSA to offer a forum for students to learn about and discuss emerging topics in international arbitration and to develop connections between students and successful practitioners.
In Vino Veritas
In Vino Veritas serves to introduce interested members of the Harvard Law School community to the exciting world of wine at formal tastings, informal blind tasting workshops, and tasting dinners at area restaurants.
Italian Law Association
The Harvard Italian Law Association (HILA) aims to bring students together who have an interest in the intersection between issues in Italian law, politics and culture and issues in the United States. We also strive to highlight current themes that have connections within the European Union and worldwide. Throughout the year, we bring in prominent guests from the political, academic and business world who are either based in Italy, have Italian roots, or have ties to the country. We also select U.S. based speakers and HLS professors to serve as moderators and discuss the overlap and significance of the issues discussed.
JD/MPP Joint Degree
The HLS/HKS joint degree program supports and encourages students seeking an interdisciplinary education in government, public policy, and law, and prepares them for leadership positions in public service.
Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is the affinity group for Jewish law students at Harvard Law School, running social, educational, cultural, and religious programming for all Jewish law students regardless of background or affiliation.
Justice for Palestine
Justice for Palestine (JFP) is a student group founded in 2000 after the start of the second Intifada in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. JFP is a community of HLS students concerned about the lack of campus-wide debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the at large misperceptions of the fundamental issues related to Palestine. JFP is committed to a secular, humanist, and legalistic approach to dialogue about Israel/Palestine and seeks to advocate the rights of the Palestinian people.
Korean Association of Harvard Law School
The Korean Association of HLS (KAHLS) is a network of Korean students at Harvard Law. The organization’s goal is to develop a bond among the Korean JDs and LLMs and to function as a bridge between HLS and the larger, university-wide Korean community. It also provides information on events and news of the Harvard community that may be of particular interest to Korean students. Most of all, we are a close bunch and a good group of friends!
La Alianza is an organization dedicated to providing support to Latino/a students at Harvard Law School and increasing understanding of the issues that face Latinos in the United States. La Alianza provides academic and career placement assistance for its members.
Labor and Employment Action Project
The HLS Labor and Employment Action Project is an organization of students interested in labor and employment issues. We feel that the power of working people to organize themselves has become more, not less, essential in today’s changing economy, and undertake to explore and support such organization. Therefore, our activities include both education of ourselves and our community on labor and employment issues, and activism where we see a need to lend our voices to local or national struggles.
Lambda is a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and allied students at Harvard Law School. As a social and political student organization, Lambda provides programming and events to serve LGBTQ students and allies at HLS. Lambda also plays an active role in the LGBTQ rights movement by organizing and sponsoring conferences, networking with national LGBTQ rights leaders, and connecting students with research and academic opportunities and activism related to gender and sexuality.
The Harvard Law School Latter-day Saints (HLLDS) is made up of HLS students and their families who are members of, or interested in, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. HLLDS provides support for students seeking to maintain a spiritual foundation during their study of the law and allows members to associate with other students who have similar religious backgrounds and interests. HLLDS became an official chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in 2005.
Law and Behavioral Science (LaBS)
Law & Behavioral Science (LaBS) is a student organization helping to bring groundbreaking behavioral science research that has profound implications for law and policy-making to the Harvard Law School community.
Law and International Development Society
The Harvard Law & International Development Society (“LIDS”) is the premier student-run organization at Harvard University focused on issues at the intersection of law, policy and international development. LIDS members are graduate students at Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and other graduate schools in the Boston area.
Law and Philosophy Students Society
Philosophy allows lawyers to understand the values and concepts inherent in the doctrine and determine the ideals we want our legal institutions to promote. The HLS Law & Philosophy Students Society offers a forum to discuss the ideas that will guide our work and our lives.
Law and Political Economy group
The Harvard Law and Political Economy Group is a student organization at Harvard Law School formed with the aim of promoting scholarship and teaching that investigates how legal practice has been central to the growth economic inequality and how legal tools may be repurposed to respond to this problem. The Group aims to bring questions of political economy to the center of law school life through activities such as a regular speaker series, workshops to develop alternative curricula, and to develop a cases-and-materials book that would act as a ready reference for a law-and-political economy canon.
Law and Technology Society
We are Harvard’s premier student organization for examining the way technology impacts the law. We use hackathons, collaborations with the Library Innovation Lab and independent research on legal tech law to probe the essential relationship between emerging technologies, legal practice and governance.
Mexican Law Students Association
The Mexican Law Students Association reunites persons with special interest in issues related to Mexican domestic law and politics. “MxLSA” intends to reunite both Mexican nationals and foreign nationals to cooperate in projects aiming to generate a discussion regarding Mexican domestic issues and Mexico’s international relations.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) was created to promote a better understanding of the cultures, politics, and legal institutions of the Middle East, and to encourage students connected with the region to meet and exchange views. MELSA’s membership roster has included students who are American, Armenian, Egyptian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Libyan, Pakistani, Saudi, Syrian, and Turkish. Students from all countries are warmly welcomed.
Our mission is to create a social and professional network for Harvard Law School students affiliated with or interested in the Midwest, Midwestern alumni, and Midwestern law firms and organizations.
Mock Trial Association
The Harvard Law School Mock Trial Association is a nationally recognized trial advocacy program that competes against other highly ranked law schools throughout the country in both civil and criminal cases. We hold tryouts each Fall, inviting everyone with an interest in trial advocacy. Whether you are a college mock trial veteran or new to the courtroom, we are excited to have you!
Muslim Law Students Association
The Harvard Muslim Law Students Association is a student-run organization that serves Muslim law students by acting as a nexus of community-building, increasing awareness of issues that particularly impact Muslims, and building campus wide coalitions with other organizations dedicated to pluralism and meaningful discourse.
National Lawyers Guild – HLS Chapter
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. It seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
National Security and Law Association
NSLA’s only objective is to promote discourse on national security at Harvard Law School. The organization brings distinguished national security scholars and practitioners to campus for lunchtime lectures, assists members with career advice and networking opportunities, provides academic resources to the entire Harvard community, and produces high-quality reports on pressing national security matters.
Native American Law Students Association
The Harvard Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Native American students at Harvard Law School, and is composed of Native American law students and students interested in issues affecting the Native community.
Plaintiffs’ Law Association
The Harvard Law School Plaintiffs’ Law Association exists to support law students looking to become plaintiff-side attorneys who will represent the interests of victims, advocate for consumers’ rights and equal access to justice, and ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)
For students standing at the intersection of marginalized communities, entering Harvard Law School can be an emotionally taxing endeavor. As a new student affinity group, QTPOC imagines a community in which queer and racial/ethnic identities receive equal weight. This enables collaboration with queer and POC affinity groups while also enabling tailored discussions on topics and issues uniquely relevant to queer and trans individuals that identify as people of color.
Reparatory Justice Initiative
The Harvard Law School Reparatory Justice Initiative (RJI) was founded to explore what it means to repair social relationships defined by historical harms, through the lens of reparatory justice. RJI focus areas for discussion and cross-pollination of ideas include reparations in the U.S. context, regionally in the Caribbean, and in the international transitional justice and human rights arenas. They also consider the role of education, truth, and memory as non-monetary elements of reparatory justice, and the search for common ground with the wide range of voices that remain skeptical of reparations.
The Rowing Club aims at allowing students to practice rowing while at the Law School by giving them access to Harvard’s unique facilities and providing them with a training program tailored to the demanding schedule of the Law School. It also aims at offering the opportunity to represent the Law School in competitions, within and outside the University. The Rowing Club welcomes both experienced rowers who want to be able to keep training and improve their rowing on the one and only Charles River, as well as novices keen to discover one of the oldest collegiate sports.
Rule of Law
HLS Rule of Law Society is a student-run organization that strives to create opportunities through which students and the wider community can develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of the rule of law. As a non-partisan organization, we aim to bring together and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and interests to examine, discuss, and ultimately advocate for the rule of law in our communities at every level.
Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice is Harvard Law School’s very own co-ed a cappella ensemble! We are a close-knit group of 10–15 singers from various musical backgrounds dedicated to bringing harmony to Harvard Law.
South Asian Law Students Association
The Harvard South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) provides a forum for those in the Harvard Law School community interested in South Asian American and South Asian legal issues.
SALSA aims to seed dialogue in the legal, cultural, and political contexts through lectures, panels, film screenings, and social events and to connect students to legal professionals and firms interested in diversity outreach.
Space Law Society
The Space Law Society seeks to promote the study, practice, and development of space law on campus. Space Law Society hosts speakers, organizes field trips, and coordinates social events to further education and enthusiasm about space law.
Street Justice Coalition
As the only student group on campus dedicated to involving students in issues surrounding homelessness and poverty, the HLS Street Justice Coalition will fill a void both here on campus and in the surrounding community. As part of the Coalition, students will have the opportunity to learn about homelessness, its causes and effects, and the legal needs of the homeless community through volunteering, advocacy and research. Further, through work at Y2Y Harvard Square, the first student-run youth homeless shelter in the nation, HLS students will be working to serve hundreds of underserved homeless youth in the Greater Boston Area.
The primary and most important purpose of Student Government is to advocate for the interests of the student body, to the faculty, administration, and others whose decisions affect student life at HLS. Student Government also serves to:
- To organize and provide services to the student body, to the extent that those services are not provided
- To organize events that promote campus-wide community-building.
- To oversee the formation of student groups at HLS.
Student Mental Health Association
The Harvard Law School Student Mental Health Association for (SMHA) serves to:
- To provide an understanding, compassionate ear for anyone seeking support
- To eliminate mental health stigma in all its forms on the law school campus and in the field of law
- To raise awareness of mental health resources on campus
- To promote cultural, anthropological, and sociopolitical study of mental health and illness in the global context
- To participate in the international mental health rights movement
Student Public Interest Network
The Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) seeks to support public interest students at HLS by building a supportive community and advocating for the unique needs of those going into public interest careers.
Students for Life
Harvard Law Students for Life is a student-run, non-partisan, non-religious organization. We aim to provide a community in which students can develop pro-life approaches to moral and legal questions, and to advocate for pro-life perspectives in the broader law school community. Harvard Law Students for Life believes that every human being possesses an inherent and inalienable right to life; that life begins at the moment of conception; and that justice demands protecting the dignity of the human person at every stage of life. Harvard Law Students for Life is dedicated to peacefully promoting its beliefs through education, discussion, community engagement, advocacy, and scholarship.
Tax Help Club
HLS TaxHelp provides low-income individuals and families with free, confidential tax assistance in preparing state and federal tax returns. Volunteer students receive all the necessary training and are certified through the IRS.
Tax Law and Financial Regulation Students Association
A student organization with the purpose to introduce students to two of the most complex areas of law-tax law and financial regulatory law. Providing practical insight when it comes to questions regarding equality, fair chances, and distribution of wealth that compliment in-class education.
The HLS Texas Club is a student-run organization at Harvard Law School that exists to create a social and professional network within the Law School community for Texans, future Texans, and folks who just happen to enjoy barbecue, tacos, Blue Bell, and Shiner.
Turkish Law Association
The HLS Students Turkish Law Association is a student-run organization that aims to provide opportunities for students and alumni from or with an interest in Turkey to remain connected to Turkey and to each other and to contribute to the Harvard Law School community.
The HLS Urbanists are a diverse community interested in the critical issues affecting the world’s cities. They seek to understand the ways in which laws, policy, urban development, technology, land use planning, and transportation organize our cities, engage in discussion and activism to address the many issues that enable urban prosperity, and create a community that supports active dialogue and camaraderie among its members, at HLS and beyond.
Video Game Law Association
The Harvard Video Game Law Association (V-Glass) provides a roster of speakers who represent many facets of legal practice related specifically to video games—in-house counsels, law firms, policymakers, and industry experts. It also serves as a social hub for video game enthusiasts to keep up with the latest developments in the industry, and to foster valuable connections and dialogue with professionals in the field.
West Coast Club
The West Coast Club’s mission is to provide a platform for community building at Harvard Law School for students from, or those interested in working in, the West Coast region of the United States. The West Coast Club is dedicated to supporting the academic, personal, and professional development of its membership. The West Coast Club’s goals include educating West Coast Club members about West Coast’s legal landscape, fostering long-lasting professional relationships, assisting HLS students in identifying, applying, and securing employment opportunities, as well as providing a forum for cultural exchange and integration.
Women’s Law Association
The Harvard Women’s Law Association is a diverse, non-partisan, feminist and womanist organization committed to building a vibrant and supportive community for women during their time at Harvard Law School and beyond. In furtherance of this mission, we advocate for gender equity and bolster women in pursuit of their professional and personal goals. We empower our members with academic resources, mentorship, and professional development opportunities while providing members and alumnae with a lasting community.