Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)


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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Reminder! Third 3L Public Interest Interview Travel Fund Deadline Approaching

March 27, 2020

Students must submit their materials by April 16 to meet the next deadline for travel grants for postgraduate fellowship and job interviews. Learn more and apply!

Reminder! 2020-2021 Wasserstein Fellow Nominations and Applications Deadline Upcoming

March 26, 2020

Nominations are due by April 1, 2020, and applications are due by April 10, 2020. Wasserstein Fellows are practicing public interest lawyers who have shown a demonstrated facility for mentoring. Most Fellows spend three days at Harvard Law School advising students individually, speaking to students in group settings, and assisting the OPIA staff in developing advising resources in their field of practice. One Wasserstein-Fellow-in-Residence hosted jointly between OPIA and the Human Rights Program (HRP) spends four months on the HLS campus (September through December) and splits their time between OPIA and HRP.

COVID-19 Updates (As of March 23, 2020)

March 23, 2020

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. In light of Harvard’s evolving guidance regarding COVID-19, we are moving our programming and advising appointments to remote access. Learn how OPIA is adjusting its services.

OPIA/OCS Spring Mock Interview Program (SMIP) – Postponed

OPIA/OCS Spring Mock Interview Program (SMIP) – Postponed

March 23, 2020

Due to all the adjustments to our programs in light of COVID-19, OCS and OPIA will be postponing our joint mock interview program until after this spring. Students who have already scheduled mock interviews through the program may go through with them or reschedule.

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