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Independent Clinical Program

  • A Look at Refugee Legal Advocacy in Germany

    February 21, 2019

    Isabel Schayani and Niku Jafarina JD ’19 at WDR in Germany By: Niku Jafarnia JD/MPP ’20 This J-term, I did an independent clinical in Germany,…

  • A Lawyer’s Limits

    February 13, 2019

    By: Solange Etessami, J.D. ’20 Solange Etessami, a 2L at Harvard Law School In the middle of January, the town of Mytilene on the island…

  • Transformative Constitutions: How One African Nation is Writing A New Constitution for National Healing and To Learn from The Past

    February 13, 2019

    By: Oladeji M. Tiamiyu, J.D. ’20 The Constitutional Review Commission in The Gambia, located in the Greater Banjul Region When democracies endure prolonged crises, a complete…

  • Independent Clinical Experience with the Surfrider Foundation

    November 26, 2018

    By: Alex Gazikas J.D. ’17 I spent my January term interning at the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit organization in San Clemente seeking to preserve and…

  • Cravath Fellows pursue law projects around the world

    March 14, 2018

    From Harvard Law Today—Niku Jafarnia ’19 spent Winter Term in Amman, Jordan, undertaking an independent clinical with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Her commitment to working with refugees and asylum seekers began in college, when she drew on her Iranian heritage and her fluency in Farsi as an intake volunteer.

  • Defending the Indigent in Hawaii

    February 2, 2018

    By Cameron Pritchett, J.D. ’18—During winter term, I spent three fantastic weeks at the Federal Public Defender in Honolulu, Hawaii, through HLS's Independent Clinical Program. Having spent both my 1L and 2L summers at law firms, this was my first opportunity to see a public interest setting.

  • Constitutional Implementation in Kenya

    February 2, 2018

    By Rachel Corrigan, Berkeley Law Exchange Student—My experience at the KLRC was one of the best experiences I have had in law school. I was surprised by how much responsibility and freedom I was given to conduct research and develop concrete recommendations.

  • International Arbitration in Hong Kong

    January 26, 2018

    From Hayley Evans, J.D. ’19—Interning for HKIAC was a wonderful experience. Not only did it provide me with an on-the-ground introduction to the work of an arbitral tribunal, but it also allowed me to work with many talented interns, attorneys, and staff.

  • Gaining a global perspective on securities regulation

    January 19, 2018

    By Elizabeth Ferrie, J.D. ’19—This January, I interned at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in Sydney, Australia. I was fortunate to have dedicated supervisors and mentors that provided me with a broad range of experiences to enhance my knowledge of international capital markets.

  • Advocating for those without a voice

    January 8, 2018

    By Kate Barnekow, J.D. '19—I came to law school because I wanted to help those whose voices are often not represented in the legal system. As a longtime supporter of the animal protection movement, I was thrilled as a 1L to discover HLS’s Animal Law and Policy Program and, subsequently, learn about all of the ways we can help animals.

  • Harvard Law students travel across the world in pursuit of clinical work

    January 2, 2018

    This winter term, over a hundred students have traveled to 62 cities across the world to pursue clinical projects with a wide range of governmental agencies, non-profits and other organizations. 

  • Interning at the Federal Public Defender Office

    December 19, 2017

    By Veronica Saltzman J.D. '19—My internship at the Federal Public Defender Office increased my knowledge of federal criminal law and procedure immensely. I appreciated the opportunity to work with fantastic attorneys and gain experience by working on important tasks and witnessing intense moments during the criminal justice process.

  • My three weeks on Capitol Hill

    February 22, 2017

    By Michael Perloff, J.D. '17—Before my J-Term internship, I never spent time on Capitol Hill—no prior internships, no family vacations, not even a class trip. This omission was striking because politics fascinates me.

  • Legal assistance for refugees in Israel

    February 17, 2017

    By Hannah Belitz, J.D. '17—I spent this January term interning at HIAS in Israel, an international nonprofit that assists and protects refugees; it was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe.

  • Remedying segregation at historically black colleges and universities in Maryland

    February 17, 2017

    By Peter Im, J.D. '18—I spent J-term at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at a federal bench trial about remedying unconstitutional segregation at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Maryland.

  • A wonderful clinical experience with the National Health Law Program

    February 17, 2017

    By Amanda Brown-Inz, J.D. '17—This January, I interned at the National Health Law Program, a public interest organization in Los Angeles that focuses on access to health care for low-income and underserved populations, and specialized issues such as reproductive rights and opioid addiction.

  • My winter term working on criminal appeals

    February 17, 2017

    By Isaac Gelbfish, J.D. '17—During J-term 2017 I interned at the Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB) of the Legal Aid-Society, New York City's largest public defender office. I was fortunate to have amazing supervisors and had the opportunity to work on a number of criminal appeals.

  • My Independent Clinical in Sarasota

    February 8, 2017

    By Jessica Blanton, J.D. ’18 During winter term, I worked for three weeks at Legal Aid of Manasota in Sarasota, Florida. The experience was invaluable,…