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Clinical and Pro Bono Programs

The mission of the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs at Harvard Law School (HLS) is to provide diverse and innovative clinical and pro bono opportunities for students to practice law and develop skills through individualized supervision, mentoring, and modeling; advance access to justice locally and globally by working on real world cases/projects; and inspire students to develop a lifelong commitment to pro bono service. 

In clinics, students take direct responsibility for representing clients in actual cases/matters under the supervision of HLS clinical faculty and instructors who are expert practitioners in their fields.

Applications and Forms 
Funding for Clinical Projects 


While students do not receive academic credit for volunteering with SPOs, their volunteer hours can count towards the pro bono requirement. All J.D. students, including 1Ls and LL.M. students, are welcome and encouraged to participate in SPO practice.

Student Practice Organizations
Information for SPO Leaders 


Harvard Law School requires all J.D. students to contribute at least 40 hours of legal pro bono work as a condition for graduation. Many students choose to fulfill this requirement through clinical work.

Pro Bono Requirement 
New York Bar Pro Bono Admission Requirement 
Spring Break Trips  


2015 ClinicTalks:
Find the Clinic for You
Cyberlaw Clinic Contributes to Report on Intermediary LiabilityFood Law and Policy Clinic Hosts Workshop on Food Policy
in Navajo Nation


Last modified: February 27, 2015

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