Around the world, Harvard Law School alumni, students, faculty, and staff are using their skills and talents to transform communities.

On April 20, hundreds of them gathered at Harvard Law School to take a closer look at the school’s local and global contributions of service during HLS in the Community, the final installment in the series of events held throughout the 2017-2018 academic year in celebration of the school’s bicentennial.

Throughout the day, attendees were able to take part in problem-solving hackathons and attend faculty-led workshops and sessions that focused on criminal justice reform, international human rights advocacy, small business and entrepreneur support, among many other subjects.

In the evening, guests were given the opportunity to interact with representatives from HLS clinics and programs at a clinical showcase and celebration, placing on display the school’s deep involvement in advocacy, policy, and commitment to student practice and pro bono legal services.

Here are highlights from HLS in the Community.

Blue sky thinking and beyond at Harvard Law hackathons

In the technology world, a hackathon is well known as a get-together of programmers to share ideas and create software. As part of the “HLS in the Community” bicentennial event, HLS brought the hackathon concept to the legal space. Instead of writing code, alumni and other professionals worked together on April 20 to hack out legal solutions to social and political issues. Read the full story

HLS200 finale celebrates clinics

VIDEO: HLS in the Community

The HLS in the Community event featured a number of sessions on topics ranging from disability rights to access to justice to artificial intelligence. Video from the event sessions is available below, or on the Harvard Law School YouTube channel. For full session descriptions, visit


Celebrating Harvard Law School’s Bicentennial HLS in the Arts, HLS in the World

In September 2017, Harvard Law School showcased the talents of faculty, staff, and alums at HLS in the Arts, a jam-packed bicentennial event celebrating the extraordinary creativity of the law school community.

In October 2017, Harvard Law School hosted HLS in the World, a wide-ranging summit that gathered dozens of experts to address hard questions about the contributions of law and legal education in tackling crucial issues of justice and human welfare in local communities, the U.S., and around the world.