About the Bureau
The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is a student-founded, student-run legal services organization where second and third year law students represent low-income clients in proceedings to obtain public benefits, fight unfair evictions, and resolve domestic disputes.
Bureau members have also led the fight against the foreclosure crisis, breaking the mold of traditional legal advocacy to organize tenants living in foreclosed properties. Students have won jury verdicts of more than $55,000 and have worked outside of the courtroom to create lasting legislative change for low-income residents in Massachusetts.
Practicing as a student attorney with the Bureau is one of the most rewarding experiences Harvard Law School has to offer. Students gain knowledge of the law and client advocacy skills while participating in a collaborative community, and they emerge as well-trained, capable attorneys with an enduring network of fellow Bureau members.
Each year the Bureau selects about 25 first-year Harvard Law School students to join the Bureau for the remainder of their studies. In addition, the Bureau selects Summer Fellows from various law schools to handle its cases during the summer recess.
What is Registration?
The Legal Aid Bureau requires that you register in advance to receive an application, which is then sent out via email on the Application Release Date. You can register in person at any HLAB event (see schedule below), at our Registration Tables in the Hark, or by emailing HLABMembership2014@gmail.com. In the email, simply provide your full name, email address, and a phone number where we can reach you. This year, the deadline to register for an application is March 3, 2014. If you have any questions, feel free to email us!
Recruitment and Selection Timeline
JOINT INFO SESSIONS WITH BSA AND HLR
Monday, February 17 12-1 pm Ames Courtroom
Wednesday, February 19 12-1 pm Ames Courtroom
Thursday, February 20 12-1 pm Ames Courtroom
HLAB Q&A SESSION
Thursday, February 20 5:00 pm 23 Everett St.
HLAB “CLINIC TALKS” INFO SESSION
Thursday, February 27 12-1 pm WCC 5052
Tuesday, February 18 12-2 pm Hark
Friday, February 21 12-2 pm Hark
Monday, February 24 12-2 pm Hark
Tuesday, February 25 12-2 pm Hark
Wednesday, February 26 12-2 pm Hark
Friday, February 28 12-2 pm Hark
Monday, March 3 12-2 pm Hark
OPEN HOUSES /HAPPY HOURS
Monday, March 3 6-8 pm 23 Everett St. (yellow house)
Thursday, March 6 6-8 pm 23 Everett St. (yellow house)
APPLICATION RELEASED VIA EMAIL
Monday, March 3 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 16 5:00 pm
About the Application
All first-year Harvard Law School students who will be returning to the Law School next fall are eligible to apply for Bureau membership.
The application process consists of:
- Written Application
- Case Strategy Memo
- Interview Process
Applicants will be asked to provide responses based on material included in the application. The Case Strategy Memo involves responding to questions based on fact patterns that resemble real cases that Bureau members may handle. The application does not require any outside research or knowledge of a specific area of substantive law. The Case strategy Memo, written application, cover letter, and resume will be evaluated blindly by current Bureau members. Based on these materials, a group of finalists will be selected for interviews.
The Bureau is committed to maintaining a diverse membership for the benefit of the organization and our clients. To address the needs of our non-English speaking clients, we may give some weight to strong skills in languages other than English.
Summer Intern Application and Selection Process
Any current law school student who can be in the greater Boston area for the entire summer recess may apply for Bureau Membership. The application process consists of:
- A cover letter of interest
- A resume
- A writing sample
- A law school transcript
- Two references
Applications for Summer Interns are accepted on a rolling basis until all the positions are filled.
Please send Summer Intern application materials to:
Chad Baker, Executive Director
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett Street
Cambridge, Mass. 02138