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About forty-five students are placed each year with HIRC for clinical credit. Students typically work between fifteen and twenty hours per week. Students are either placed at Harvard or at Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston’s oldest legal services organization.
Along with their representation of individual refugees and immigrants, HIRC students have worked on cases leading to ground-breaking administrative, judicial, and international legal decisions. For example, HIRC students and teaching staff have argued for the recognition of the family as a protected group before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as before circuit courts and administrative bodies. HIRC students and instructors have also drafted guidelines, eventually adopted by the U.S. government, detailing gender-specific human rights violations as a basis for asylum status under U.S. and international law.
HIRC works with student groups, including the student practice organization, Harvard Immigration Project, to sponsor speakers on a range of topics, including national immigration legislation, treatment of refugees in the Middle East, detention, and deportation.
Find out more about Harvard Law School's clinical programs at the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs Office website.
The Cleary Gottlieb Fellowship is offered to a Harvard Law School student each summer. The fellow works with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program and Greater Boston Legal Services on cases involving the direct representation of noncitizens applying for U.S. asylum and related protections. In addition, the Program is active in appellate and policy advocacy on local, national and international levels. The fellow works on appellate and advocacy issues, perform research and assist in representing clients through the clinic.
Applications for the Cleary Gottlieb Summer 2016 Fellowship will be accepted starting in December. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
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