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Each academic year, some 550 HLS students explore the practice of law in the world around them through a diverse set of clinical legal offerings administered by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Through clinical offerings, students engage in supervised projects spanning the globe — assisting underserved clients, developing crucial legal resources, and conducting policy-based research. Notable recent clinical engagements abroad have included investigating situations of rights abuse in locations from Burma to Panama (through the International Human Rights Clinic), providing advice and trainings about negotiation methods to NGOs (through the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program), staffing a legal services center in Ghana, and leading a global Internet communication project through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Closer to home, many students provide direct representation of clients or work on complex questions of refugee and asylum law, criminal defense, environmental law, civil legal services, and education rights.
The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs maintains an extensive list of Law School courses with clinical components. Below is a small sampling of courses offered in 2010-2011 that contain clinical components relevant to international practice:
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