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Spanish for Public Interest Lawyers is a non-credit class that offers HLS students the opportunity to learn Spanish language skills in a public interest legal context, emphasizing language most commonly used in civil and criminal legal services practice. The class will strengthen existing Spanish speaking and comprehension abilities and teach Spanish legal vocabulary to students involved in public interest legal practice. The class will introduce students to general legal Spanish vocabulary (e.g. immigration, human rights, legal aid, etc.). Students will work to develop stronger attorney-client relations by improving communication with Spanish-speaking clients.  The course is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs.


To Apply: Email with the following information by 5 PM on Tuesday, August 28:

  • Name
  • Year (2L, 3L, LL.M.)
  • If applicable, name of the clinic or SPO you will be working with in the fall and any clinic or SPO you have previously worked with.
  • At least one paragraph, in Spanish, describing your general interests and your focus in law school
  • Bullet points (also in Spanish) that list past or current experiences you’ve had speaking Spanish or working with Spanish-speaking clients

Students will be contacted by September 4 with the results of their application. Students who are accepted will receive more information about the class schedule and location. Classes will be held one day per week for a two-hour session. The first class will meet the week of September 10 and the last class will meet the week of November 12.