Advising and Services

OPIA
Justin Knight

Our Goals

The primary goal of the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) is to encourage law school students and lawyers to incorporate an ongoing commitment to public service work throughout their careers. We view our role as one of helping students and alumni find a vision of the type of work they want to do that will fit their unique values, interests and personalities. 

We aim to instill this vision not only in the students and graduates going directly into full-time public interest jobs, but also to those moving into public service at a later stage in their careers and those embracing public service work as an integral part of their professional lives through significant pro bono work in the private sector. 

Read more about our mission and history.

Our Team

OPIA has a dedicated team of attorney advisors and staff ready to help all students and alumni looking to learn more about and pursue careers in public interest law. Our advisors bring a great deal of legal experience in a variety of fields; read their bios and make an appointment

One-on-One Advising

We can help you: 

  • think through the types of work that might interest you; 
  • identify organizations offering internships, fellowships, and post-graduate positions; 
  • build your networks; 
  • improve your interviewing and networking skills; 
  • and advise you on next steps in the application process.

Learn more about advising, including Wasserstein Fellows.

Make an advising appointment.

Read about our other job search services.

Contact Us

Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising
Wasserstein Hall, Suite 4039
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-495-3108
Fax: 617-496-4944
Email: opia@law.harvard.edu

Last modified: December 18, 2014

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