Positions at the Legal Services Center represent a unique opportunity to work within Harvard Law School’s clinical program, to join a dynamic public interest and clinical teaching law office, and practice in burgeoning areas of state and national importance. Unless indicated otherwise in a posting, applicants must apply for open positions via the Harvard University employment website.
- Clinical Instructor, Veterans Legal Clinic – The Legal Services Center is hiring a Clinical Instructor in the Veterans Legal Clinic for an initial six-month term, with the possibility of renewal or extension. The Clinic—through which Harvard Law students receive hands-on training in lawyering skills—provides free legal representation to low-income disabled veterans in a variety of areas, including discharge upgrades, appeals to federal court challenging VA decisions to deny benefits, administrative appeals and appeals to state court to challenge state agency decisions to deny veterans benefits, and policy advocacy. The Clinic’s docket reflects a mix of individual representation cases and impact litigation and policy initiatives. The Clinical Instructor will serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in Clinic cases, train and supervise law students who enroll in the Veterans Legal Clinic and summer law interns, and carry out other responsibilities in furtherance of the Clinic’s mission. The position represents a unique opportunity to work in a dynamic public interest and clinical teaching law office and to advocate on behalf of those who have sacrificed for their country. Depending on the successful candidate’s experience and skills, the Clinic’s team of seasoned attorneys and clinicians will provide support, guidance, and mentorship as needed. Salary is commensurate with experience. Read the full job description and apply through the Harvard Human Resources Portal.
The Legal Services Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals who are interested in serving the community and contributing to our public service mission. We especially welcome volunteer applicants with experience and interest in the following areas:
- translating legal education materials into Spanish, Haitian-Creole, and other languages
- medical professionals (doctors, nurse practitioners, psychologists, mental health specialists, and others) who can help review medical records for cases on behalf of disabled veterans and others seeking disability benefits
- graphic design, web design, communications, and development
- photography, filmmaking, and videography
- administrative tasks, such as photocopying, scanning, and organizing case files
- any other skill-set or idea that can help contribute to our mission of providing passionate legal advocacy to low-income communities
For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call us at 617-522-3003 and ask to speak to our volunteer coordinator. You can also send email inquiries about volunteer opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Legal Services Center welcomes applications from graduating law students and those completing judicial clerkships who are interested in sponsorship for a public interest fellowship. LSC has a strong track record of successfully sponsoring applicants for public interest fellowships. To apply for sponsorship, please send a resume and email expressing interest to LSC Faculty Director Daniel Nagin at dnagin[at]law.harvard.edu. We encourage potential applicants to contact us as early as possible in the fellowship cycle process. Decisions about sponsorships are made on a rolling basis.
In most years, the Legal Services Center actively seeks to sponsor applicants for a variety of fellowships, including the Skadden Foundation Fellowship, the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, the ABA Tax Section Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship, and other foundation and law-school based fellowships. Our subject-area interests for sponsorship are wide ranging and include consumer, tax, veterans, disability and safety net programs, housing and family law.
The Legal Services Center has an ongoing commitment to studying public interest lawyering, the provision of legal services, and the role of legal advocacy in combating poverty and disenfranchisement. Please contact Anna Pierce, Director of Administration, if you have a query about a potential research collaboration.