Student Organizations

Harvard Latin American Law Society

Welcome to 1Ls and LLMs

The Harvard Latin American Law Society (HLALS) was formed in 1997 to promote and coordinate the dialogue of Latin American legal, political and cultural ideas at Harvard Law School. Through roundtable discussions, conferences and projects in Cambridge and abroad, HLALS provides a forum to explore the most current issues facing the region. HLALS members gain exposure to the many academic and professional opportunities with a focus on the region. In addition, the Society acts as the Law School's bridge to the rich institutional and organizational resources at Harvard and in the greater Boston area.

Past HLALS events include campus lectures by visiting scholars, a conference of both U.S. and international practitioners entitled "International Business Transactions in Latin America," and delegation trips to Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. Most recently, we hosted a discussion with the Incoming Chief Justice of the Brazilian Supreme Court entitled, "Judicial Review in Latin America: The Brazilian Experience." We also hosted an evening of dinner and dancing with members of the Latin American clubs at neighboring graduate schools.

The Society's dynamic make-up is largely a result of the yearly involvement of both J.D. and LL.M. students. HLALS also continues to establish a vast international network of students and faculty members at the many Boston graduate and undergraduate institutions through social and cultural events. As a young organization, the Harvard Latin American Law Society aims to secure a role in the expansion of the law school's academic and extracurricular activities in the area of Latin American Studies. All members of the Harvard Law School community are invited to join HLALS and contribute to another exciting and successful year!

NOTE: HLALS is NOT involved with Minority Recruitment. For concerns or information about recruiting, please contact Alianza, at

Alexandra Chirinos, achirinos@law, Co-Chair
Andrew Ellenbogen, aellenbogen@law, Co-Chair
Bryce Klempner, bklempner@law, Co-Vice Chair/Treasurer
Katy McArthur, kmcarthur@law, Co-Vice Chair.