Student Organizations

HSBA: The Harvard Law School Student Bar Association


As the local chapter of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Harvard Law School Student Bar Association (HSBA) exists to connect Harvard students with the activities of the ABA. The ABA is the world’s largest professional organization for lawyers, existing to “be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.” The HSBA contributes to this mission by enabling students to explore crucial issues confronting the legal profession, to cultivate relationships with lawyers all over the country, and to take advantage of service projects and professional development opportunities that will continue long after graduation. In addition, the HSBA provides students with the opportunity to engage in leadership on a regional or national level, representing the interests of their fellow students in the Law Student Division of the ABA.


Those interested in getting involved should contact Ben Holtzman. Also, sign up here to become a member of the ABA. Student members receive an annual subscription to the Student Lawyer and the ABA Journal, discounts on Kaplan-PMBR, special rates on auto, home, and renters insurance, leadership opportunities as national, regional, or local representatives, opportunities to join over 30 specialty sections, a chance to attend dozens of ABA events and conferences, and access to all of the career and networking resources of the largest professional organization in America.


Hello incoming HLS 1Ls,

The HLS Student Bar Association would like to welcome you to Harvard Law School. We are the school's student link to the American Bar Association and the vast community of legal practitioners that make up its membership. We put on events during the year to address issues important to law students and connect them to the resources of the ABA.  Additionally, we send student representatives to ABA meetings to discuss and vote on issues important to law students, ranging from ABA recommendations regarding specific legal issues to the regulations that govern ABA accreditation of law schools. We also provide information about ABA events and conferences, and various meetings between the student bar associations in our circuit. ABA membership is available to all law students, but not required to participate in the student bar association.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Ben Holtzman, SBA President ( or Ryan Blodgett, your ABA rep ( We're very much looking forward to getting to know you!


    The HLS SBA


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