Harvard Defenders


Harvard Defenders, a student practice organization at Harvard Law School, provides free representation to low-income defendants in criminal show-cause hearings before clerk-magistrates. Working to ensure defendants receive quality representation, we enrich students’ education and encourage them to become thoughtful, compassionate, and persuasive legal practitioners.

If you have been notified by a court to appear at a criminal show-cause hearing before a clerk-magistrate, please contact us.

If you wish to take advantage of our legal referral services, please contact us.

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