The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is offering public interest summer positions for summer 2013. These are SPIF-eligible positions and satisfy the pro bono requirement. Students who elect to work for 10 weeks are eligible for an additional stipend. Summer student attorneys at PLAP represent Massachusetts state prison inmates at disciplinary hearings and parole hearings, and assist inmates with a variety of other issues. This is a great experience: you pick the cases on which you work, and you work on them from start to finish. In addition, you will gain valuable experience interviewing clients, arguing cases, and writing appeals when necessary. There are very few summer jobs out there that will give you this much experience taking actual cases from start to finish. No prior experience or coursework is necessary. We are looking for dedicated individuals who have a strong interest in working closely with clients, managing their own cases, and are not afraid to learn. A driver’s license is helpful. If you are interested, PLEASE SUBMIT A RESUME TO CARL LISBERGER at  clisberger at BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4th. Applicants will then be contacted for interviews. We encourage you to apply now as hiring decisions will begin after February 4th, but we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis throughout. This is an incredible way to spend your summer and there are only a few positions available. Please email Carl or Sarah Morton at  smorton at with questions.

Chayes Program Applicants Should Schedule Interviews

A reminder to HLS students planning to apply for a 2013 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship: the deadline for submitting your application is Friday, February 1, but you must also contact International Legal Studies by Thursday, January 31 to schedule a 15-minute interview with a Chayes Program representative. Interview times are available from 9 a.m. until 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, Thursday, February 7, and Friday, February 8. Applicants should call International Legal Studies at (617) 384-5284 or send an email to  ils at, no later than 5 p.m. on January 31, indicating times when you are available. You will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating the time and place for your interview and the name of your interviewer. This interview is an opportunity for you to further explain what you are hoping to do this summer and why; your background, skills and interests; and where things stand in your efforts to secure a placement. There is no dress code for the interview — you can wear whatever you would wear to class. Detailed information about the Chayes Program and the application timeline and process is available at….