Pro Bono Research Project

National Senior Citizens Law Center has immediate need for a pro bono student to assist with Social Security Non-Disability Appeals Project.  This student would work with Rachel Frazier (HLS ’10) and other income team attorneys to summarize cases handled by advocates across the country.  For this project, we need a student with time available now through mid-August. Flexible hours, approximately 40 total.

If interested contact Katharine Hsiao at  KHsiao at with a cc: to  lbranson at in the HLS Clinical and Pro Bono office.

Please contact Lee Branson ( lbranson at in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs if you are interested in a pro bono project in August, including with your law firm.

New Shareholder Rights Clinical Workshop

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is pleased to announce a new full year clinical offering for 2011-12, the Shareholder Rights Clinical Workshop.  The clinical workshop will be instructed by Professor Lucian Bebchuk and Lecturer on Law Scott Hirst.

Students will undertake clinical work with the Harvard Law School Shareholder Rights Project (SRP), a newly established clinical program, obtaining hands-on experience with shareholder rights work by assisting public pension funds in improving governance arrangements at publicly traded firms. Students may also have the opportunity to be involved in policy work relating to shareholder rights issues.   Clinical work will be conducted on campus, and will comprise approximately 120 hours over the year, for two clinical credits in total (one applied in each of the Spring and Fall terms). 

In addition to the clinical work, students will participate in six 2-hour classroom sessions during the year, for one classroom credit (applied in the Spring term).  Classroom sessions will be scheduled in the evening and with a view toward avoiding conflicts with other classes.  Classroom sessions, and related assignments, will provide students with background and knowledge useful for undertaking the clinical work in this area. 

A very small number of positions are available in the Shareholder Rights Clinical Workshop.  Admission to the workshop is with the permission of the instructors and requires an application.  To apply, submit a statement of interest (maximum 200 words), a resume, an academic transcript (unofficial or official), and a writing sample of no more than 15 pages (one sample only).  Applications should be addressed to the instructors, but must be submitted to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (Austin 102 or by email to  clinical at  Open to 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs only.  Applicants must have taken Corporations or be taking Corporations in the Fall term.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To view the full course description, please visit:  If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical office (Austin 102, 617-495-5202,  clinical at

Attorney General Clinic – Apply by July 25

Clinical placements with the Massachusetts Attorney General are available in the Fall or Spring semesters in conjunction with the “Role of the State Attorney General” course.  Enrollment in the clinic is through a randomized selection, and students may enter to be considered for this clinic until Monday, July 25.  For more information, visit the Clinical website:


One of Japan’s foremost law firms seeks a talented student to work for one year following graduation (September 2012-August 2013) in its Tokyo office.  The firm has a varied and interesting transactional and litigation practice representing both Japanese and foreign clients (including a number on a pro bono basis). Although not large, it employs many Harvard graduates.

Applicants should have strong legal credentials. Japanese language skill is not required for either post, though welcomed. Recent graduates who have worked in this firm have had very favorable experiences. Compensation and other terms are competitive.

Students interested in applying should submit their resume and a short letter regarding their qualifications via email to Professor William Alford (alford) and cc Emma Johnson (johnson) no later than Thursday, September 15, 2011.

Harvard Law School Professor Hal Scott Seeks Research Associates for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation

Professor Hal S. Scott, Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, is looking for Research Associates who are interested in working for the Committee.  Research Associates work up to 20 hours per week, at $20 per hour, on a variety of topics related to financial regulation.

The membership of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research organization, comprises thirty leaders from the investor community, business, finance, law, accounting and academia:  In 2009, the Committee produced a definitive research study on the global financial crisis. For more information on the Committee please visit:  Several HLS students involved with the Committee’s work were recently featured in the Harvard Law Bulletin:

Qualifications: Open to law students and lawyers. Must have Wall Street or other financial experience, or demonstrated interest in finance and banking. Familiarity with the Dodd-Frank Act a plus.

Work may be performed remotely from anywhere in the United States.

Interested candidates please email the Committee’s Assistant Director, Jennifer Grygiel at  jgrygiel at, attaching a resume.  Please refer to code CCMR-7 in your cover letter.

Ideas for a Better Internet, 2011-2012 application

The application for the 2011-2012 fall/winter course, Ideas for a Better Internet, taught by Jonathan Zittrain and Elizabeth Stark, is now live at (applications due July 31).
Please see below for more information:
This joint Harvard/Stanford interdisciplinary seminar will continue a year-long arc of developing and building ideas for a better internet. During the fall, students will incorporate ideas identified by a public call for proposals from the previous spring, and work through the process of building out these ideas.  During the winter term students will finalize the projects that they have developed throughout the fall semester, engage in visits to companies and organizations, and prepare a working demo or proposal to be presented at a culminating event with leaders of Silicon Valley and beyond.  By the end of the course, students will have launched their solution-based projects to the world in conjunction with those proposing the ideas.

Students will be selected via an application process. The application form can be found here:

Applications are due on July 31, 2011 with admission on a rolling basis.

Professor Halley seeks RA

Professor Halley seeks an RA to cite check and bluebook an article on the history of family law in 20th century America.   The work will need to be done in the last two weeks of July; it will occupy probably 15 hours total.  You need not be in Cambridge as almost all the sources are available on line.  Pay at the normal HLS rate for RAs.  If you are interested, please send your CV and a statement of your relevant experience to Terry Cy,  tcyr at  Thank you.

Become a Big Sister through the Women’s Law Association 1L Mentoring Program!

Do you remember how you felt before coming to HLS?
Did you feel nervous? Anxious? Excited? All three? Help alleviate some of that stress and make an incoming 1Ls experience a little more manageable by becoming her Big Sister!

We are looking for a diverse group of women to serve as Big Sisters, and you did not have to be an active WLA member last year to serve.

Why would I want to be a Big Sister?
– To help make another woman’s transition to HLS a little easier
– To meet someone new and possibly become her first friend at HLS
– To have fun with other women at HLS!

What will I have to do as a Big Sister?
– Contact your Little Sister in August, either by email or phone, to answer her questions and tell her about your experiences or share your thoughts about HLS
– Attend a fall Big Sis/Lil Sis Kick Off party to meet your Little Sister in person
– Check in on your Little Sister periodically over the course of the year to see how she is doing, offer additional advice, wish her luck on finals, etc.


Please sign up by Monday, August 1st!