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“If we have a critical mass of people saying ‘yes, I worked my tail off, but I also had a lot of fun, and I was in an environment where I found my niche, I found good friends, I built lasting relationships, and I was part of a community’? That’s a win to me.” 

Stephen Ball ’10, Dean of Students, HLS

Studying law is a collaborative endeavor at Harvard Law School. We work together to create a student-centered environment in which learning is inspiring, transformative, and supportive. We know you will strengthen the HLS community and we want you to be strengthened by it.

Our goal is for you to thrive in every aspect of your experience at Harvard Law School.

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Your life at Harvard Law School unfolds within a major research university, giving you access to a world-class campus: unparalleled libraries, acclaimed museums and theaters, enriching extracurricular activities, and a wider community of diverse and engaged students.

You have access to everything Harvard has to offer.

[HLS] taught me so much about friendship, inclusion, what the law is, and what the law should be.”

 —Jessica Zhao ’22

Student Activities

Walk into any gathering of an HLS student organization and you’ll encounter a remarkable spectrum of life experiences and perspectives. You will find your people.

Inclusion, Belonging, and Student Services

“The [HLS] community has been a place where I’ve really found not only a voice, but a sense of companionship and friendship that I’m going to miss and cherish for the rest of my life.”

—Emily Chazen ’22

Dean of Students Office

From Orientation through Commencement, DOS staff are here to support you. Whether you have a quick question, a more serious personal or academic concern, or just need guidance or support, contact or stop by DOS!

HLS Students in the News

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    Sydney Veatch wins Westfall Memorial Award

    Sydney Veatch ’24 is the recipient of this year’s Westfall Memorial Award, which recognizes a student or students with outstanding contributions to creating community within their first-year section and class.

    May 23, 2024

  • Featured image for Kamille Bernard, Lea Kayali honored with Kristin P. Muniz Memorial Award article

    Kamille Bernard, Lea Kayali honored with Kristin P. Muniz Memorial Award

    Kamille Bernard ’24 and Lea Kayali ’24 are the recipients of the 2024 Kristin P. Muniz Memorial Award, bestowed in memory of the beloved Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) senior clinical instructor to honor students who exemplify her commitment to justice and superb client-centered representation.

    May 22, 2024

HLS Announcements

  • Professor Kaplow Hiring Summer Research Assistants

    Professor Kaplow is looking for Research Assistants; mainly for Antitrust, but also for Tax Theory and Policy, and for Law and Economics. Please send the following information to Molly Eskridge (HA318A, meskridge@law.harvard.edu): (1) a letter indicating your area(s) of interest, relevant background, and amount of time available, (2) a resume, (3) a law school transcript

    May 21, 2024

  • Research Assistant for Professor Parker

    Professor Richard Parker is looking to hire someone to do Research Assistant work reading recent supreme court opinions in search of certain motifs. If you are interested, please write to him at parker@law.harvard.edu. Thank you!

    May 21, 2024

  • Harvard Law School Writing Fellow Application

    The new Harvard Law School Writing Center is taking applications for upper-level JD Harvard Law School Writing Fellows. Writing Fellows, working with the director of the HLS Writing Center, will support JD students writing analytical research papers, participate in programming to develop their writing expertise, and ultimately build valuable skills central to the study and

    May 20, 2024

  • Teaching Fellow for Professor Salzman’s Fall 2024 Rights of Nature Course

    Professor Lepore and Professor Salzman are seeking a Teaching Fellow for the Fall 2024 semester for their new course, Rights of Nature. The class will examine this fast-growing field, assessing the origins, practice, and potential of granting legal personhood to natural objects. The class is jointly offered through the History Department and will be equally

    May 15, 2024

  • Professor Intisar Rabb Hiring Teaching Fellows for Fall 2024 Criminal Law

    Professor Rabb’s Criminal Law course will meet Monday and Tuesday from 10:15am-12:15pm during the Fall 2024 semester. Interested students should submit a one-paragraph statement of interest, a resume and an unofficial transcript (all in PDF format) by no later than Noon on Thursday, May 23. Please submit application materials to Emma Reilly (ereilly@law.harvard.edu) and CC

    May 15, 2024

HUHS Announcements

  • Flu Vaccine Coverage

    The Harvard University Student Health Program provides coverage for the flu vaccine. Here’s where and how you can get your shot covered……

    October 20, 2023

  • Update your mailing address

    Update your mailing address Don’t miss out on any correspondence regarding your health or dental insurance. Be sure to keep your mailing address. Most students can update their local/mailing address directly through my.Harvard. If you are unable to update your address via my.Harvard, please contact your Registrar’s office to request the changes. Once the update……

    February 6, 2023