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Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

Clinical Registration Alerts!
- The Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic will not be offered in Winter 2016.
- The Law, Development and Global Policy Clinic will be offered in Spring 2016.  Please view the clinics description in the
course catalog for more information.
- Professor Guinier will be no longer be offering the Law and Social Movements Clinic in Spring 2016.  She will instead be offering the Responsibilities of Public Lawyers clinic in Spring 2016.
Please visit the clinical registration page for more information!

The mission of the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs at Harvard Law School (HLS) is to provide diverse and innovative clinical and pro bono opportunities for students to practice law and develop skills through individualized supervision, mentoring, and modeling; advance access to justice locally and globally by working on real world cases/projects; and inspire students to develop a lifelong commitment to pro bono service. 

In clinics, students take direct responsibility for representing clients in actual cases/matters under the supervision of HLS clinical faculty and instructors who are expert practitioners in their fields.

Applications and Forms 
Funding for Clinical Projects 


While students do not receive academic credit for volunteering with SPOs, their volunteer hours can count towards the pro bono requirement. All J.D. students, including 1Ls and LL.M. students, are welcome and encouraged to participate in SPO practice.

Student Practice Organizations
Information for SPO Leaders 


Harvard Law School requires all J.D. students to contribute at least 40 hours of legal pro bono work as a condition for graduation. Many students choose to fulfill this requirement through clinical work.

Pro Bono Requirement 
New York Bar Pro Bono Admission Requirement 
Spring Break Trips  


Chad Baker ’15 wins
Kaufman Pro Bono Award
Two Win 2015 Exemplary
Clinical Student Award
Christopher Melendez ’15 Wins
CLEA’s Outstanding
Clinical Student Award


Last modified: May 27, 2015

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