Experiential Learning

Opportunities for Experiential Learning and Research

Winter Term

Students may apply to participate in a two-credit Independent or Continuing Clinical during the Winter Term, which involves working 40 hours per week under the supervision of an on-site attorney and in coordination with an HLS faculty sponsor. For more information, contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Please note that HLS students are not eligible for credit for an “internship” abroad unless it meets the criteria of an independent clinical placement.

Students engaged in writing projects worth at least two credits may also apply to the Winter Term Writing Program. This program offers the opportunity for intensive, individualized research and writing under the supervision of an HLS faculty member. Further information here, including specifics regarding credits (Go to “J.D. Winter Writing Program” for J.D. students; LL.M. students will receive information on the LL.M. Winter Writing Program directly from the Graduate Program).

Please note that HLS students may not take courses at a foreign law school as a way of earning credit for Winter Term.


On occasion, opportunities arise for HLS students to intern with a UN agency, treaty body or Special Rapporteur, or to work with an international or regional human rights court or mechanism. The Academic Program’s Visiting Fellows sometimes seek student research assistants as well. Our staff can facilitate those connections.

Opportunities with Student Groups

Learn more about the field of human rights through trainings, research, writing, and project work with a student group. We partner with more than a dozen student groups throughout the year. We engage most closely with Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

HLS Advocates for Human Rights is an independent student group dedicated to building the human rights community at Harvard Law School, providing students the opportunity to engage in significant human rights work.

The Harvard Human Rights Journal is produced by an independent student organization that works closely with the Human Rights Program, and is published annually. Members of the Journal edit articles written by scholars, and students contribute writing of their own. HRP has also collaborated in hosting online symposia.

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