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About Placements

We are always looking for opportunities for our students to gain practical legal experience. If your organization or law firm has a possible clinical or pro bono placement for a student, please fill out and submit the following forms to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs:

New Organization Form 
New Position Form

Keep the Harvard Law School Academic Calendar in mind when making your project requests. We cannot guarantee that students will be available for or interested in all advertised projects or that your requests will be approved.

About Clinical Placements

  • The clinical program allows students to work to earn academic credit for legal work conducted during the law school's Fall, Winter, or Spring semesters.
  • Projects and placements must be coordinated and approved by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs prior to students beginning any work.
  • All work must be supervised by a licensed attorney. 
  • Clinical placements may be a good choice if your organization or firm can host the student at the office itself on a longer-term project or set of projects. This provides the best opportunity for you to supervise the student, assign tasks, provide legal training and instruction, and give ongoing feedback.
  • We ask supervisors to complete written evaluations of students twice in the Fall and Spring semesters (once for the three-week Winter term), and will work with you in conjunction with the professor teaching the related course to provide students with the best practical teaching experience.
  • For clinical credit, students commit to working on an unpaid basis for 10, 15, or 20 hours per week during a full semester, and often take a course related to the work conducted.
  • We will work with you in conjunction with the professor teaching the related course to provide students with the best practical teaching experience.

About Pro Bono Placements

The Harvard Law School pro bono requirement mandates that all J.D. students perform at least 40 hours of unpaid legal work for a nonprofit, government agency, or law firm. If your organization or law firm has a pro bono project for which you could use student help, please contact us.

  • Pro bono projects are best for timely cases that need immediate and short-term assistance, one-time events, or research and writing projects that can be done off-site. 
  • This work is not necessarily done as part of an academic course. 
  • Students may work for a concentrated time or spread their hours over many semesters.
  • Most students are apt to take on pro bono projects during the school year, September through November and February through April. 
  • Students also seek discrete 40-hour or one-week projects at the end of the summer, during holiday vacation, the winter semester, and spring break. 
  • If you contact our office and we approve your pro bono project, we will advertise the opportunity to students who will contact you directly to discuss the assignment, hours required, and work schedule.
  • Once a student is selected by you for the project, the pro bono project must be registered with the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs prior to the student beginning any work.
  • All work done by the student must be supervised by a licensed attorney on staff, a volunteer attorney at the host organization, or an HLS faculty member in conjunction with an on-site supervisor.
Last modified: October 22, 2014

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