About RAP


The Recording Artists Project (RAP) at Harvard Law School was established in 1998 to provide under-served Boston-area musicians, producers, publishers and others involved in the music industry with empowering, value-added legal counsel while simultaneously offering an invaluable development opportunity for HLS students interested in the industry.  To that end, RAP offers pro bono counsel in such matters as copyright and trademark, and the review, negotiation and drafting of recording, music production, publishing, management, live performance, band, licensing, merchandising and other music related contracts.

Since its inception, the organization has actively sought synergy with related organizations in the Greater Boston and Harvard communities. RAP's collaborative relationship with the renowned Berklee College of Music has resulted in a significant portion of Berklee students under representation at the clinic.

 On campus, RAP works closely with the HLS Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law and other organizations to develop a compelling program of events relevant to students, academics and professionals. RAP's primary event initiative is a biannual conference intended to stimulate an open exchange between professionals engaged in the industry and the law school community on emerging legal issues in the music business. Held during the fall and spring semesters, the conference invites speakers to the Harvard Law School campus to share their insight into important concerns facing the industry.


What is the Recording Artists Project clinical program?

The RAP clinical program is offered through the Transactional Law Clinics, and is an opportunity for students to do hands-on legal work for musicians and other entertainment clients throughout the Boston area.

What kind of work will I be doing?

You will be doing a variety of entertainment transactional work. Client issues range from  trademark, copyright, licensing, contracts, and business entity formation.   

Do I have to enroll in the clinical program to work on RAP cases?

No!   Students who don’t have enough time to enroll in the clinical program are welcome to participate in RAP for pro bono credit.  Anyone interested in working on a RAP case must attend a RAP training session held at the beginning of each semester.  After this one-day session, you will be assigned to work on a RAP case with a team of other RAP members under the supervision of the faculty advisor.

What are the benefits of doing the clinical?

The clinical provides a significant amount of hands-on learning and responsibility for counseling and representing clients, and for learning to manage your own client caseload. It also provides the means for students to interact with members of the Greater Boston client community.  RAP participation also satisfies HLS’s pro bono hours requirement. Enrolling in the clinical also counts for class credits for work on RAP cases.

I’m convinced, I want to do it. How do I sign up?

Register for the Transactional Practice Clinical Workshop. Signing up for the class automatically registers you in the Transactional Law Clinics, the clinical practice of which RAP is a part.  Once registered, you must specify your preference for the RAP clinical when asked.

How much time do I need to commit?

In addition to the Workshop class, you will have the option of doing two, three or four credits work of clinical work. Each credit translates into five hours per week of clinical time

Faculty Advisor

Brian Price, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School, bprice@law.harvard.edu


Last modified: April 28, 2015

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