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Clinical Registration and Add/Drop Deadlines

Clinical Registration Alerts!
- The Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic will not be offered in Winter 2016.
- The Law, Development and Food Policy Clinic will be offered in Spring 2016.  Please view the clinics description in the
course catalog for more information.
- Professor Guinier will be no longer be offering the Law and Social Movements Clinic in Spring 2016. She will instead be offering the Responsibilities of Public Lawyers clinic in Spring 2016.


Clinical registration is handled by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Registration preferencing for 2015-2016 takes place in a series of phases. Clinical registration is the first phase. 

2015-16 Clinical Preferencing

Opens: Wednesday, April 1 at 9 am (EDT)   
Closes: Thursday, April 2 at 5 pm (EDT)
Results Available: Monday, April 6, at or by 5 pm (EDT) 

Clinical Registration Events 

ClinicTalks: Find the right clinic for you. (View Calendar)   
Clinical Fair | Wed. Mar. 25 | 6 - 8 pm | Milstein ABC
WebChats: Ask us general questions about clinical registration in real time. (View times)  

Clinical Registration Resources 

2015-16 Clinical Registration Dates

Clinical Registration is for the entire year (fall, winter, and spring semesters). Clinical preferencing is on its own - you only preference clinics during the first phase of registration. Also please note that you may only participate in one clinic per semester, and may preference up to 6 clinics during clinical registration preferencing. If you are interested in taking a second semester at the clinic, you should apply through the Continuing Clinical Program. Once you have taken a clinic, you cannot sign up for it again through Helios.

The Clinics listed below are By Application and are not included in the first phase of clinical registration. Please see the list of By Application Clinics to learn about their application deadline. For more information on how to apply please visit the HLS Course Catalog and search for the clinic offering or contact  Maggie Bay

  • Community Enterprise Project of the Transactional Law Clinics 
  • Crimmigration Clinic 
  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington D.C. Clinic 
  • Government Lawyer: U.S. Attorney Clinic 
  • Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic
  • Public Education Policy and Consulting Clinic 
  • Semester in Human Rights 
  • Sports Law Clinic
  • Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
  • Winter Term of Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Winter Term of Cyberlaw Clinic

All clinics are taken in conjunction with a required academic course component for course credit. For most clinics, students do not register for the required academic course component through Helios. Once you register for a clinic, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will enroll you in the required course component, unless otherwise noted in the clinic's course description. Please read the course description carefully! 

Add/drop for Clinics opens once the clinical registration results are posted (see below for more information). 

Another way to register for clinics is through Add/Drop. Once the initial clinical registration has occured, online adding and dropping begins. You will be able to add open clinics, join the wait list for closed clinics, or drop clinics for which you are currently enrolled. Your chances of getting into a clinic are increased by bidding #1 on that clinic. However, don't be discouraged if you end up on a waitlist! If you are truly interested in a specific clinic, we encourage you to stick it out - waitlist do move! 

Please review the Registrar's Office website about Registration Information for a full list of registration dates and events.

Clinical Add/Drop Deadlines 

Please note that clinic deadlines are earlier than non-clinical course deadlines. 

Fall 2015 

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015
  • Final day to add or drop Fall, Fall-Winter, Fall - Spring clinics
  • Some clinics have earlier add/drop deadlines (for security clearance or pre-requisite reason); please check clinic descriptions for each clinic's deadline 

Winter 2016

  • Friday, December 4, 2015
  • Final day to add or drop Winter and Winter-Spring clinics  
  • Some clinics have earlier add/drop deadlines (for security clearance or pre-requisite reason); please check clinic descriptions for each clinic's deadline

Spring 2016 

  • Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Final day to add or drop Spring clinics
  • Some clinics have earlier add/drop deadlines (for security clearance or pre-requisite reason); please check clinic descriptions for each clinic's deadline

Dropping after the applicable deadline will result in an "Withdrawal" (WD) on your academic transcript. You cannot drop a multi-semester (e.g. Fall-Winter) clinical course after the first semester's (Fall) drop deadline. Clinical work begins the first week of classes; therefore students cannot drop once clinical work has officially started. 

Changing Clinical Credits

Students can change their clinical credits by emailing Maggie Bay in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs up until the following dates: Please make sure to check with your supervisor before requesting a change to your credits: 

  • Fall 2015 – October 5, 2015
  • Spring 2016 – February 22, 2016

After the above dates, all clinical credit changes must be requested by your direct clinical supervisor and submitted to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs or Maggie Bay.

Last modified: April 07, 2015

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