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Do something today that your future self will thank you for!

Personal finance is an important and central part of reducing stress in your life. Additionally, more and more employers expect Harvard Law School students to have better financial skills, including personal financial management. Whether you receive financial aid or not, we encourage you to check out this page!

Through the use of articles, podcasts, videos, and learning modules, find the tools you need to make informed financial decisions and set goals for your financial future.



Meet MAX

Orange and Blue logo for Max by AccessLex

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with AccessLex Institute, the largest nonprofit organization in the country focusing on access, affordability and the value of legal education, to bring you MAX by AccessLex, an innovative personal finance program created exclusively for law students. Available at no cost to you, MAX drives the knowledge gain and behavior change that is essential to improving your financial well-being.

To provide a comprehensive personal finance education, the MAX program:

  • Teaches personal finance in a way that leverages the skills law school attracts and fosters;
  • Takes a multi-format approach – including interactive online lessons, webinars, in-person workshops and one-on-one counseling – that lets you define your own path;
  • Delivers information in quick and easy to understand components to fit into your demanding schedule; and
  • Offers scholarship incentives to motivate you to stay on task and on schedule – AccessLex will award over $330,000 through MAX Scholarship drawings during the 2019-2020 academic year!

To get started, go to Your name, email address, school and class year are all you need to log-in to the program, personalize your experience and track your progress. No other personal information is required, and all information remains confidential.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events

Past Events

Past Events

Financial Independence: Why Managing You Finances Matters  

Boylston Hall: Fong Auditorium 110

Secure your spot:


Favorable Reliance: Developing a Financial Plan You Can Count On (for 2Ls and 3Ls)

The Colony Group will be presenting this workshop on budgeting, banking, smart investing, and mapping your financial goals

Lunch & Presentation 12PM-1PM

WCC B010

View the Presentation Here

Financial Bootcamp: Life After Law School ( for 3Ls)Poster advertising the Financial Bootcamp session

Get financially fit as you kick off your career!

Lunch & Presentation 12-1PM

WCC 3018




Summer Budgeting for Jobs in Public Interest (for 1Ls)Advertisement for various personal finance workshops hosted by SFS

Come gets some tips on how to make the most of your SPIF funding


WCC B010




Taxes and Debt-to-Income Ratios (For 2Ls)

Learn how to use taxes as a financial opportunity and how to leverage your debt-to-income ratiopixture of dollar bills with scrabble letters spelling TAX


WCC 3018

*Students are asked to complete MAX lessons 13 and 14 before attending the session


Personal Finance Webinars

Poser advertising the dates and topics of the personal finance webinars

  • Investing Webinar Series – All students
  • Strategies for Financing the Cost of Your Bar Study – for 3Ls
  • Financial Planning for Law Students – All students


MAX Tools and Worksheets

MAX Tools and Worksheets

Know What You Owe

As you begin planning for the future from a financial standpoint, it’s vital to know what you owe. To do this, you’ll need to look at your finances comprehensively by identifying all your debt: mortgage, credit cards, student loans, etc. Use this tool to organize your debt in one place so you can track your current balances, monthly payments, and interest rates and begin making a plan to become debt-free.

Know Your Numbers

It’s critically important to have a handle on all of your financial accounts — account numbers, contact information, etc.— so that, in the case of an emergency, you have this information at your fingertips. But, be sure to keep this information in a secure location so that you don’t become a victim of identity theft.

Monthly Spending Plan

Getting a clear understanding of your finances can help reduce stress and anxiety. By creating a road map to your personal finances, you can get a better picture of your expenses and make deliberate decisions about your spending.


Writing down your goals increases your probability of achieving them, and helps you establish your personal
priorities. It is often advantageous to focus on what you want to achieve right now, soon after graduation, and
down the road – and to categorize them into different financial planning areas.



“ The best thing about these workshops was that they were simple, easy to understand and customized...I left empowered with new knowledge. Thank you!”

— Helpful Life Skills Workshop Attendee