Attorneys general are independent state constitutional officers vested with extraordinarily broad criminal and civil responsibilities. They are elected statewide in 43 states, and appointed in various ways in the remainder. The attorneys general run the entire gamut of legal philosophies, and they increasingly collaborate with their peers across state lines. The 13,000 assistant attorneys general employed in these offices work daily on some of the most important matters of our time, including criminal justice, consumer protection, antitrust, civil rights, and environmental litigation and policy, in both trial and appellate courts.
Harvard Law School has long had relationships with all Attorneys General’s offices, and have placed students for summer and/or clinical work in well over half of the states. Harvard also maintains a network of alumni who either currently work in AG’s offices, or have done so in the past. Former Maine Attorney General James Tierney supervises the Attorney General clinic and is also available to advise students during his office hours every Monday all day and every Tuesday morning throughout the academic year.
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