For all the undergraduate students out there interested in learning about higher education administration, law school, and clinical legal education, check out our academic-year internship:
2012 Undergraduate Academic-Year Internship
The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs develops legal education and practice opportunities for Harvard Law School (HLS) students. We are an administrative office overseeing HLS clinical and pro bono programs. With nearly 30 clinics and hundreds of externships placements, HLS has more clinical opportunities for students than any law school in the world. All J.D. students at HLS are required to contribute at least 40 hours of law-related pro bono work as a condition for graduation. In addition, law students may enroll in clinical legal education programs to gain practice experience. Our office develops programs, matches students to opportunities, and tracks student progress.
The Harvard Law School Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs seeks up to two, part-time undergraduate student interns for the 2012/2013 academic year. Through work on various administrative projects, academic-year interns learn about diverse opportunities in public interest law, gain insight into the law school experience, and see higher education administration in action.
Interns work on many projects that vary depending on experience, but these may include:
• Database management of student projects, including data entry and processing paper files
• Reports of student participation in our programs: compiling statistics; creating spreadsheets, graphs, and charts; building PowerPoint presentations
• Publications for law students about clinical and pro bono opportunities
• Assisting clinic staff with department-wide projects and initiatives
• Research of community organizations or and other law school programs
• Performing general office duties such as answering phones, photocopying, and filing
• Please note: We do not provide direct legal services to clients and interns do not observe or support legal work
The internship will begin in September 2012 and there is some flexibility with start and end dates. Preference is given to students who can commit to the entire fall semester and/or academic year. Office hours are 9am-5pm. No evening or weekend work required. Exact schedule to be determined based on student availability, but generally 5-15 hours/week. Salary: $12/hour. Possibility for incremental raises after each semester worked.
The internship is open to undergraduate students only. Requirements include:
• Excellent organizational skills and a sharp attention to detail, along with the ability to self-start on projects
• Discretion and a sense of good judgment are essential
• Candidates should be comfortable working independently within a collaborative office and able to manage simultaneous projects with several points of contact
• Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word are strongly preferred, as is a demonstrated ability to work with databases
• Knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite, and Access are helpful but not required
• Candidates should also be comfortable working with numbers and statistics in a real-world setting
• Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, and a demonstrated interest in the law and/or public service work are helpful
Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the internship to Alexis Ditkowsky ( aditkowsky at law.harvard.edu). No phone calls please.
Finalists will be invited to interview.