1L & Transfer Applicants

Recruitment Information?

To receive updates about the HLAB application and recruitment events, please email HLABMembership2022@gmail.com

What is Registration?

The Harvard 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. This year, applications will be released on March 1, 2022. To register for an application, please follow this link. This link will be disseminated at all HLAB events (see schedule below).

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at HLABMembership2022@gmail.com!

Recruitment and Selection Timeline 


MON., MAR. 1



Thurs., MAR. 24, 11:59PM

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:

  • Resume
  • 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.

For Transfer Students

All transfer applicants are encouraged to apply to the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In order to be considered for membership, each transfer applicant is required to submit a modified application and participate in a round of interviews.

Transfer students who wish to receive an application should write to HLABmembership2022@gmail.com by June 10, 2022, when we will send out our application to any interested transfers. The application will be due on June 21st, and we will read apps and conduct Zoom interviews accordingly after that. Information about the organization itself can be found on our website.

If admitted to both the law school and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, each transfer student will be required to attend orientation and training in Cambridge, MA in late August. Please email HLABMembership2022@gmail.com for more information.

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