The Harvard Law School Association

The Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) was founded in 1886.  Its mission is “…to advance the Harvard Law School by fostering networking and mutual support between the Harvard Law School and its alumni, faculty, and students.” The oldest association of its kind, the HLSA now serves over 37,000 members worldwide.  The Orange County chapter (HLSA-OC) began in 2012 in recognition of the distinct position that the Orange County legal community occupies in Southern California.  The HLSA-OC provides an opportunity to socialize and network with Orange County judges, attorneys from the private and public sector, and alumni working in other fields. HLSA-OC events have ranged from formal presentations by local federal and state judges about their judicial careers and by the founding dean of the UC Irvine School of Law about a career in academia, to informal happy hours.  Over the summer, the HLSA-OC is available to help HLS students learn more about the Orange County legal community and what it is like to live and practice law in Orange County as an HLS alumni.


Two of the founding board members of HLSA-OC, Michael Friedland, JD ’91 (HLSA-OC Vice President) and Benjamin Katzenellenbogen, JD ’99, will be in Cambridge on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 26, 2013, to meet with students who will be in Orange County this summer or who are interested in learning more about Orange County or the HLSA-OC.  They will be at Harvest restaurant from 5pm to 6pm.  Harvest is located at 44 Brattle St. (on the walkway) in Harvard Square.  Please feel free to email them directly at if you have any questions.

HLS Summer Research Assistant Position

Professors Wendy Jacobs and Todd Rakoff will be working on a project this summer looking at the ways the Law School currently teaches its students and comparing that pedagogy to what is expected of beginning attorneys in various practice settings. They seek a law student interested in educational matters to help in the endeavor. The position will involve both developing data from inside the School and connecting with practitioners to analyze present day practice. The hours will be flexible during May and June, but full time during July and at least the first two weeks of August; compensation will be at the standard Law School research assistant rate. Applicants should send a letter describing their interest and detailing their qualifications together with a resume and transcript to Professor Wendy Jacobs,  wjacobs at