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On this page, students can find information for booking appointments with each of the HLS Offices that offer individual advising.

Upcoming Events

  • Decision-Making for your Academic Path: Advising Conversations with HLS Professors

    March 1, 2024
    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Are you seeking answers for how to make curriculum choices based on your priorities, interests, and goals? Prepare for 2024-2025 registration with an academic advising event geared towards providing clarity and connection in advance. Join HLS Professors and the Academic Affairs Offices ahead of the course and clinic selection season…
  • Writing at HLS and Advising Lunch

    March 6, 2024
    12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

    For 1L students:  We invite you to join Professors Sabi Ardalan and Liz Kamali and Deans Merry Boak and Catherine Claypoole for a session on the modified writing requirement and writing opportunities at HLS, including options for receiving written work credit, how the upper-level writing groups work, and guidance on…
  • Clinical Program Open House and Academic Advising Fair

    March 26, 2024
    11:00 am – 1:30 pm

    Please join us for the clinical program open house and academic advising fair. Clinical faculty and students from our in-house and externship clinics will host tables to learn more about each of our clinical offerings. Additionally, advisors from the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, the Registrar’s Office, OPIA,…

Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP)

OCP oversees the academic clinical programs and the clinical registration process. Meet with an OCP advisor to learn more about clinic opportunities, brainstorm which clinic might be the right fit for you, or to ask questions about the clinical registration process. Appointments are available on Zoom or in person in WCC 3085.

Registrar’s Office

Contact the RO to learn more about your degree requirements and degree audit, or to ask questions about the writing requirement.

To schedule an appointment, email registrar@law.harvard.edu.

Graduate Program (GP) – advising for LL.M. Students

The Graduate Program provides individualized advising to LL.M. students on courses, writing, academic skills, curricular problem solving, and other options through direct conversations, through LL.M. Advising Groups (each led by a dedicated S.J.D. advisor), specialized workshops, and regular presentations and programming.  The specialized workshops are led by S.J.D. candidates with prior experience in the LL.M. program who serve as Advisors and Coordinators.  Reach out to us any time at gpcourses@law.harvard.edu

Office of Career Services (OCS)

OCS advisors focus on private sector careers and judicial clerkships, and can help you decide what opportunities to pursue at HLS to help you further your post-graduate plans.

All advising appointments are scheduled in CSM/Symplicity. If you have not used CSM recently please see How to Use CSM for more information. Incoming transfer students, see Instructions to Access CSM if you are not able to login.

If you do not have a CSM account and would like to request one be created, email ocs@law.harvard.edu and include: your name (include name as a student if different), graduation year, email, and phone number.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with an OCS adviser,

  1. Login to CSM Symplicity.
  2. Select [OCS Appointments] from the top nav.
  3. Select the type of appointment you want and any other filters, and then click the “check availability” button to see which advisers have open appointments.

Note: Appointments must be scheduled at least one day in advance. The system will not allow same-day appointments. If you have time-sensitive questions or concerns, see drop-in hours below.

Make an Appointment (login to CSM)

Access J.D. Drop-in Hours

Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)

OPIA advisors can speak with you about how curricular choices may help you clarify career goals and build relevant skills that public interest employers look for when making hiring decisions.

  1. Review OPIA’s advisor bios & areas of expertise or the 3 Day Wasserstein Fellow bios.
  2. Select the appropriate type of advising below to make an appointment.
  3. Use your @law email address when making an appointment.
  4. After making your appointment, click the “Register for an Account” button to save your information & access your appointment history.
  5. Please remember that all appointments are scheduled for Eastern Standard Time.
  6. All appointments are conducted virtually, via Zoom, by phone, or in person in the OPIA suite.

If you have trouble accessing the form to schedule an appointment, please email our team at opia@law.harvard.edu or call 617-495-3108.

Academic Career Advising

Interested in pursuing a career in academia and becoming a law professor?  Contact Susannah Barton Tobin to make an appointment for academic career advising: stobin@law.harvard.edu

Dean of Students Office (DOS)

The Dean of Students Office is your primary advocate and resource for navigating life at Harvard Law School. We’re here to help every step of the way, whether you’re trying to navigate your coursework, a life event, or preparing for the bar.  Please contact us to learn more about our student support services. Make an appointment by emailing dos@law.harvard.edu.

International Legal Studies offers information and guidance about HLS’s many internationally-focused opportunities within the classroom and beyond.  We can also talk with you about study abroad, which includes both semester abroad and the JD/LLM joint degree program with the University of Cambridge.  ILS also administers the winter term international travel grant program which supports students doing independent clinicals or writing abroad over J-term.  You can schedule an appointment or drop in during our office hours.

Connect with ILS: https://hls.harvard.edu/ils/connect-with-ils/

Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) – Joint Degrees

Contact April Pettit to learn more about the joint degree options available at HLS: apettit@law.harvard.edu.