Join the Financial Distress Research Project

In a world with finite legal aid resources, unscrupulous creditors can take advantage of people. The Financial Distress Research Project is designing and testing self-help packets — with cartoons — to help consumers defend themselves in court. If we prove these interventions work, we can apply them to other areas of the law.

To find out how to get involved, come to our info session on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 3:30 PM in WCC 3016. Cookies provided. 

Islamic Legal Studies Program Travel Grants

The Islamic Legal Studies Program invites Harvard Law School students to submit travel grant proposals to secure funding for proposed research trips related to work on or the study of Islamic law. All projects associated with Islamic law or with the legal systems of Muslim countries qualify, internships included.

The Program distributes a limited number of awards on a competitive basis, up to a maximum of $1,000 per student. Selected grantees may use ILSP travel grants to supplement an award from another source. The deadline for JD submissions is November 15 for January-term travel. There is no deadline for LLM and SJD grants, but applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the proposed travel.

Please visit the student grants page of the ILSP website for additional information.

Join Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice (JREJ)

Interested in reading, writing and talking about racial justice issues? Join JREJ! We’re looking for new members to get involved with the many opportunities available this year. All years are welcome. If you’re interested in joining, please fill out our Onboarding Survey ( by Sunday, October 5 at 12PM. JREJ also has three new positions open: 2 Online Contributors and 1 Technical Editor.

If you’re interested in applying for one of these positions, please fill out our Onboarding Survey as well as this very short Open Positions Survey…) by Sunday, October 5 at 12PM. If you have any questions, please email

Support group for grieving students

Harvard students coping with the death or terminal illness of a loved one are invited to participate in AMF’s peer-led grief support group. The support group meets every other week for an open discussion where bereaved students from across the University can relate to peers facing similar situations and have the opportunity to share their experiences.

The next meeting is 8-9pm on Tuesday, October 14th in Wasserstein 3019. Contact if you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list. 

Spring Seminar on Rhetoric and Public Discourse

Professor Zitrrain’s Spring 2015 seminar on Rhetoric and Public Discourse is accepting applications! This seminar will cover issues in both individual and public discourse. For the former, students will have an opportunity to hone rhetorical skills in a chosen format — speaking, presenting, moderating or production of media — and for the latter, we will explore the evolving nature of discourse in the networked public sphere, from “electronic town halls” to Wikipedia to anonymous and identified commenting.

Some of our questions: What roles do and should intermediaries play in setting our topical agendas and shaping conversations around them? What impact does and can money have in influencing opinion on a large scale? What new modalities exist to facilitate conversation and closure among parties who disagree in good faith? Should advocates and agents be treated the same as those who claim to be speaking for themselves? Are there ways to identify and mitigate discourse grounded in bad faith, a.k.a. truthiness? By application. Possible to fulfill the Written Work Requirement.

The seminar is 2 credits, and will meet from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. The application can be found at , and is due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014. Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory . 

Mississippi Three Week Winter Term Project

Mississippi Three Week Winter Term Project: JUSTICE WATCH is a public-private partnership to educate, train and supervise law students to travel throughout the country to document deficiencies in the delivery of the constitutional right to counsel.

JUSTICE WATCH is seeking HLS students who are interested in working on documenting deficiencies in the delivery of the constitutional right to counsel in state and local criminal and delinquency courts in Mississippi. Unlike many states where municipal courts only hear local ordinance violations, Mississippi’s 246 municipal courts adjudicate misdemeanors and hold preliminary hearings on felonies. This makes cities and towns a primary funder of right to counsel services. Local governments, however, have significant revenue-raising restrictions placed on them by the state while being statutorily prohibited from deficit spending. This system results in wide inconsistency on indigent defense cost-per-capita spending across the state. Through JUSTICE WATCH, any interested students will work with the Sixth Amendment Center to develop an independent clinical proposal to conduct court observations of Mississippi’s municipal courts, document the issues raised during their observations, reflect on their observations with their supervisors, and draft a summary of their recommendations/conclusions at the conclusion of their independent clinical. Students will work under the supervision of an attorney provided by JUSTICE WATCH. Any proposals will need to meet all of the requirements for independent clinicals outlined on the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website. See

Students interested in working with Justice Watch to develop an independent clinical proposal for Winter Term 2015 should email Sheryl Dickey at at the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs with a brief one paragraph statement of interest and a copy of the student’s resume by Wednesday, October 8, 2014. 

Summer Ethics Fellowship for Law Students

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.


The 2015 FASPE Law program will run from May 24 to June 4. 


Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2015.  All FASPE programs are non-denominational and candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:


If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at



Apply for the HLS Spring Break Trip to Israel!

Apply now to go on the HLS subsidized spring break trip to Israel! The annual trip, organized by JLSA, offers students a special opportunity to explore the wonders and complexities of modern Israel.

The trip includes visits to major historical, religious and cultural sites, as well as meetings with Israeli officials, activists, journalists and more. This year’s trip is scheduled for March 11 – 22, 2015. All HLS students (regardless of religious affiliation) are encouraged to apply!

E-mail Eric ( to request an application or for more information. 

Deadline Approaching: Become a Subciter for JOLT!

Interested in law and technology? Join the Journal on Law and Technology (JOLT), which covers conventional IP issues, as well as cyberlaw, cybercrime, and Internet and privacy. Sign up to become a subciter at

The deadline to sign up is THIS Thursday, Oct. 2 at 5pm. If you have any questions about articles or signing up late, just email Loly at and we will connect with you.

Support Group for students coping with the death or terminal illness of a loved one

Harvard students coping with the death or terminal illness of a loved one are invited to participate in AMF’s peer-led grief support group. The support group meets every other week for an open discussion where bereaved students from across the University can relate to peers facing similar situations and have the opportunity to share their experiences.

The next meeting is 8-9pm on Tuesday, September 30th in Wasserstein 3008.

Please email with any questions. 

HLS Moot Court Team Info Session

Interested in foreign travel, international law, and working closely with teammates to sharpen your written and oral advocacy skills? If so, please join the Harvard LawMoot Court Board this upcoming Monday, September 29th at 7pm in WCC B010 for a brief meeting. We’ll describe the individual teams, national and international travel opportunities, and recruiting procedures for the upcoming season.

Harvard Law Moot Court Board Teams for 2014-2015 ELSA World Trade Organization Moot Court Team:
Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot Court Team:
Immigration Law Moot Court Team:

HLS has a rich history of exceptional moot court performance. Last year, every team won its national competition, with the FDI team placing 1st and the WTO team placing 2nd in their corresponding international competitions. We hope to see you Monday at 7pm!

Please contact Jason Nichol ( or Toni Tsvetanova ( with questions. — the HLS Moot Court Board

HLS Website Survey

Dear students -

As part of our efforts to improve the HLS web presence, we’d love to get your feedback, specifically around how to better organize content on our site.  To that end, we’ve created a survey called a “Card Sort”, which will allow you to organize our site’s content into categories, and give those categories names that are relevant to you.  We’re sending this survey to students as well as other primary users of our site, to gather data that will help us as we discuss our site going forward.  Note that nothing you suggest in this tool is binding; rather, all the data will be aggregated to get a high level view of how people group content, and to help drive conversations going forward.

Click here to start the survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email.

Many thanks for your help -

The WP Migration Team

1Ls: Sign up to join CR-CL’s subcite, October 4 – 5

The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review seeks 1Ls to participate in its upcoming subcite on October 4 and 5, 2014. 1L subciters are required to attend one of the two days. We will be holding office hours from 12PM to 1PM on Wednesday 9/24, Thursday 9/25, and Friday 9/26 in WCC 2048 to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you may email for more information.

Judge Upcoming Mock Trial Tournament

Volunteer as a judge in this fall’s “Mumbo Jumbo,” the annual undergraduate mock trial invitational tournament hosted by Tufts University. This is a great opportunity to give feedback to aspiring litigators, put your knowledge of evidence to the test, and watch some truly entertaining performances.

The tournament will bring undergraduate teams from around the region to Tufts University (Davis Square on the Red Line) on Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th. Each day of competition will consist of two rounds, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Judges may sign up to judge anywhere from one round to all four. If you have competed in collegiate mock trial through AMTA, if you have completed Evidence or the Trial Advocacy Workshop, or if you have professional experience as an attorney or judge, you are eligible to volunteer.

Sign up online to receive details: If you have additional questions, please email:

Research Assistance Needed

Sabi Ardalan, Lecturer on Law and Assistant Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, seeks paid research assistants for two different projects.

The first project entails exploring and reconciling competing client confidentiality and mandated reporter obligations for social workers and lawyers working together as a team.

The second project involves research related to domestic and international protections for immigrants who have been ordered deported, but who fear serious human rights violations in their home countries and seek to remain in or return to the United States.

Students should submit a resume and one-paragraph statement of interest to

Learn to teach copyright: be a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX this spring

If you want to be a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX during Spring 2015, sign up for the spring course Teaching Copyright. CopyrightX ( is an online course on copyright taught by Professor Terry Fisher. Serving as a CopyrightX TF is an excellent opportunity to engage more deeply with copyright and gain teaching experience.

Teaching Fellows will receive three credits (two classroom credits & one writing credit) through the course Teaching Copyright, also taught by Professor Fisher in Spring 2015. There is a brown-bag info session on Oct. 6 from 12-1 in WCC 3018. See: Contact Ana Enriquez for details. 

Sign Up For IM Ultimate Frisbee

Last call to sign up for IM Ultimate Frisbee before games start next Saturday! Register, as a complete team or as an individual to be placed on a team, by Wednesday, September 24 to join this inaugural season.

Individual Signup:

Team Signup (Minimum 8 players, 2 of which are female): 

Help the J.D. Admissions Office bring in the next great class of students to HLS!

Volunteer for J.D. Admissions Office Opportunities include contacting admitted students over email and volunteering at Admitted Students Weekends. Hopefully you felt that conversations with current students – over email, on the phone, or in person during a visit to campus – were a positive influence in convincing you that HLS was the right choice for you!

Now you have the opportunity to do the same for newly admitted students – to start, please take just 5 minutes to fill out this brief survey to tell us more about yourself so that we can match you up with the right admitted students: After you’ve filled out the survey, we will take care of the rest! By completing this survey you will be asked to assist the J.D. Admissions Office with minor recruitment efforts such as emails or on-campus events. These efforts are not a big time commitment at all (maybe just five hours over the course of the whole year), and students usually enjoy the opportunity to speak with future classmates!

We will be in touch later in the fall about these efforts. For more information, please email: