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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


  • Research Assistants Sought for Work on New Edition of Military Discharge Upgrade Legal Practice Manual

    The Veterans Legal Clinic—Profs. Daniel Nagin, Dana Montalto, and Margaret Kuzma—seeks Research Assistants (RAs) to conduct legal research, editing, and other work in helping to prepare a second edition of our Military Discharge Upgrade Legal Practice Manual, published by the American Bar Association and available on LexisNexis. We welcome applications from students who might want

    February 21, 2024

  • Research Assistant for Professor Mnookin

    Professor Mnookin is interested in hiring a Research Assistant, as soon as possible, to work 5-10 hours per week, helping with two projects: one relates to discrimination in public accommodations and the other concerns negotiation and diplomacy. Interested applicants should send a CV, transcript, and short statement of interest to Professor Mnookin at Thank

    February 21, 2024

  • Visual and Data Journalism, Carceral AI Project

    Dr. Dasha Pruss is looking for a visual and data journalist or digital designer to help produce and creatively visualize a critical report on carceral AI, which is being collectively drafted by participants of a recent interdisciplinary workshop. For more information, please see the position listing:

    February 16, 2024