How Students Can Join PLAP

view out of PLAP's windows of the the tops of buildings in Harvard Square, Cambrige, as the sun sets

The PLAP Experience

The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) provides direct legal services to incarcerated individuals in Massachusetts.  Student attorneys in PLAP argue in disciplinary hearings on behalf of individuals charged with violating prison regulations, advocate for clients before the Massachusetts Parole Board, and assist with a range of legal matters affecting incarcerated individuals.  As a member of PLAP, you can have the opportunity to represent a client, deliver a closing argument, and cross-examine a witness right from your first semester of law school.

PLAP is also a community of individuals within the law school committed to lessening the steep costs of arrest and incarceration.  Through office hours, trainings, discussions with speakers, and social events, students interested in this topic come together through PLAP.  Our policy work, impact litigation, and direct advocacy allow law students to contribute to the critical work of advocating for incarcerated individuals while gaining an invaluable experience in working with clients and arguing in hearings.

Want to learn more?

If you are interested in joining PLAP or just curious about whether you want to get involved, please join us at one of our upcoming recruiting events!  You will have an opportunity to hear more about PLAP and ask any questions you might have.

New Member Info Session

Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 12pm – 1pm in WCC B015

New Member Office Open House and Info Session

Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the PLAP office, WCC 5107 (in the clinical wing)

How to Join PLAP

PLAP membership is open to all new and returning Harvard Law School students.  To join PLAP, new members must attend both of the following two mandatory training sessions:

- Sunday, September 22, 2013, from 2 – 4pm in WCC 1010

- Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 7 – 9pm in WCC 2009

At these trainings, students will also receive clearance forms to visit the prisons.  These forms must be completed by October 1 and turned in to the PLAP office.

Questions & Contact

Any questions can be directed to either PLAP’s Executive Directors ( or PLAP’s Administrative Director, Sarah Morton (

Summer Positions at PLAP

For details, see our Summer Hiring page.


Updated August 26, 2013

Last modified: September 06, 2013

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