Student Organizations

HLS/KSG Association for Law and Policy

Who We Are and What We Do

The HLS/KSG Association for Law and Policy (HALP) is a professional and social organization at both Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. We provide a vital link to practitioners actually shaping public policy across the nation. In addition to sponsoring exciting events at both schools, HALP offers students a unique opportunity to network with notable public servants and to play prominent roles in promoting public debate at Harvard.

HALP also represents the interests of students in the joint and concurrent J.D./M.P.P. and J.D./MPA-ID programs, and sponsors educational and social events for current and prospective joint students. J.D. students presently enrolled in the concurrent or joint programs, or who are interested in pursuing a joint degree, are especially encouraged to join.

Joint Degree Information Session Video

On Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, we hosted an information session for students interested in pursuing a joint JD/MPP or JD/MPA-ID at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. Faculty and administrators from both schools discussed the joint degree program and the logistics of applying. In the second half of the session, current joint degree students discussed their experiences and answered questions.

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What We Did Last Year

In the 2005-2006 academic year, HALP was pleased to organize our second annual information session for prospective joint degree students, bringing together administrators, professors and students from both schools to share their perspectives and answer questions.

Along with the HLS-KSG Joint Degree Program, HALP co-sponsors a guest speaker lunch series. In 2005-2006, the inaugural year of the series, our guests were

The other HLS-KSG Joint Degree Progam guest lunches, open only to HALP members who were HLS-KSG joint degree students, were with then-Harvard University President Lawrence Summers and General Barry McCaffrey (KSG National and International Security Program ’87), former U.S. Drug Czar.


Check out photos from 2005-2006 and photos from 2004-2005 events!


Matt Murray (JD/MPP ’09), President
Eugene Yoon (JD/MPP ’08), Treasurer