"The clinical program has been critical to my development as a public interest attorney. My clinical work, more so than any other experience I’ve had at HLS, has exposed me to the kinds of lawyers, law, and practice settings that have shaped the way I think about the provision of legal services." - Former HLS student
Harvard Law School offers a range of clinical experiences:
In-house clinics are student placements at HLS clinics, and the Clinical Professors and Instructors are part of HLS.
Externship clinics are located outside of HLS. Students are placed at organizations in the greater Boston area, as well as in other cities throughout the United States.
The Independent Clinical Program enables students who are interested in a specialized area of the law or field of practice to create their own educational experience. A number of students take the opportunity to work at organizations overseas during the Winter term.
Give students the opportunity to practice law under the supervision of attorneys who are experts in their field of practice; Students receive regular feedback on their work throughout the clinical placement;
Provide a range of hands-on experience, including interviewing, counseling, and advising clients; representing clients in court; conducting legal writing and research; investigating and analyzing facts; drafting policy; developing negotiation skills; and collaborating with other students and attorneys;
Have a class component – students are enrolled in a related course for academic credit and receive clinical credit for the practice component;
With clinical placements in more than 30 areas of the law and the opportunity for students to create their own independent projects, HLS has more clinical opportunities than any law school in the world.
Note:In order for students to practice law, they must be practicing under the auspices of an existing clinic or student practice organization. Learn more at the Dean of Student's page "Opportunities for Student Practice".