Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)


HLS Academic Year 2020-2021

Harvard Law School will continue remote teaching and learning for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Please see the most up-to-date FAQs for the 2020-2021 academic year.


During this period of remote learning, the Office of Public Interest Advising will be open to you as a resource for information and advising. For more information about accessing our office and general FAQs visit OCS and OPIA Remote Operations & Advising.


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1L E-Advising Series: Choosing Clinics, Courses, and Extracurriculars for 2L Year

February 25, 2021

We are often asked by students interested in public service work about how to weigh their wide-ranging academic options while in law school. Our advice gives broad guidance on the choices you may be contemplating.

Do Not Renege on an Accepted Offer

February 24, 2021

Accepting a job or internship is a final decision. Once you have accepted an offer, it is critical that you honor your acceptance. Reneging on an accepted offer can both harm your professional reputation and impact opportunities for other HLS students. If you have concerns about a particular offer or employer, speak with an advisor before accepting.

Explore further guidance on evaluating offers and follow our tips on managing offers in a professional manner.

California Lawyers Association & the California Lawyers Foundation Summer Law Student Scholarship

February 11, 2021

The Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and the California Lawyers Foundation will be awarding summer scholarships to diverse law students for Summer 2021 in the amount of $8,000 each. The purpose of the scholarships is to provide funding to diverse law students to engage in legal endeavors in an employment or labor related field and may be non-compensated or undercompensated.

Applications due Monday, March 15, 2021. Learn more about the scholarship and apply!

Intro to Fellowships for 2Ls

February 5, 2021

A significant majority of HLS graduates begin their public service careers through domestic and international fellowships offered by Harvard University and hundreds of other organizations. We provide a short roadmap for the coming months; stay tuned for more information on the post-graduate public interest job search and fellowships beginning in March, and mark your calendars for OPIA’s spring fellowship and job search events.

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